SwineCast Industry

On The Ground Perspective: Common Swine Industry Audit

Common Swine Industry AuditCommon Swine Industry Audit Emily Erickson, New Fashion Pork, and Brian Zimmerman, Zimmerman Hog Farms, provide a large and small operation point of view on having one or more Common Swine Industry Audits at their farms. Ms. Erickson shared her experiences of multiple audits and how each one has helped improve their operations and refine their approaches. Mr. Zimmerman said you can never be 100% and that each audit is an opportunity to learn and improve. Via the Q & A time Ms. Erickson and Mr. Zimmerman help explain their approaches and dealing with audits [video].

Avoiding Disasters: Caring, Training, and Culture

Three Essential Steps to Avoiding A Health, Safety, & Environmental DisasterThree Essential Steps to Avoiding A Health, Safety, & Environmental Disaster Karen Hoare, National Pork Board, talks about developing an approach to employee safety through caring, training, and culture. Ms.  Hoare shares information on the National Pork Board's tools (Safe Pig Handling and Employee Safety Toolkit) to help create a safe environment for both people and animals [video].

Can We Define A Model Of Metrics For Antibiotics and Resistance?

The NIAA Effort: Learning from the June RoundtableLearning From The NIAA Antibiotic June Roundtable Dr. Christopher Braden, Deputy Director, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC, presents a model of metrics to understand the judicious use of antibiotics experience in human health. Dr. Braden outlines several metrics categories: antibiotic Use with prescription data, antibiotic stewardship with facility data, and antibiotic-resiatance trends and spread with microbiologic data. Dr. Braden highlights several example metric and reporting projects, like the community antibiotic prescribing rates per 1000 population in the United States [video].

What Are The Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture?

Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animal AgricultureMedically Important Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture Dr. Michael Murphy, Veterinary Medical Officer, Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), FDA, shares several policy and regulatory updates with respect to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Dr. Murphy leads with the changes being made and continues with listing drugs that are effected and those that are not, specifics of the VFD, and a timeline on when regulations will be implemented [video].

Is There An Antibiotic-Resistance Connection From Farm To Fork?

Drug-Resistant Foodborne Campylobacteriosis in Humans: Is There a Link to Antibiotic Use in Agricultural Animals?Drug-Resistant Foodborne Campylobacteriosis in Humans: Is There a Link to Antibiotic Use in Agricultural Animals? Dr. M.A. McCrackin, Charleston VA Medical Center Research Service and Medical University of South Carolina, brings to light a real example of antibiotic-resistance research. Her project looked antibiotic resistance and connection from farm to fork. Specially, Dr. McCrackin's team wanted to address the literature evidence for a link between antibiotics used in agricultural animals intended for food and antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. One of the key conclusions: on farm antibiotic treatments will increase the colonization of animals with antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter, and antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter can be transmitted to humans in raw animal products. But current literature is inadequately detailed to establish a causal relationship between antibiotic use in agricultural animals & antibiotic-resistant campylobacteriosis in humans [video].

NIAA Antibiotic Symposium Welcome and Opening Comments

Welcome and Opening CommentsWelcome and Opening Comments Dr. Steve Solomon, Principle, Global Public Health Consulting; Dr. Eric Moore, Norbrook, Inc.; and Dr. Scott Vernon, Professor, Agricultural Communications, California Polytechnic State University, opens up the event and the conversations for the 2016 NIAA Symposium - Antibiotic Use - Working Together For Better Solutions [video].

What Are Some Applications of Next Generation Sequencing?

Applications of Next Generation SequencingApplications of Next Generation Sequencing Dr. Stephanie Rossow, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, talks about the applications of next generation sequencing. Dr. Rossow gets in the specifics of how next generation sequencing can help and what it can and can not do. Dr. Rossow offers some comments on setting expectations and goals before using this technology [video].

Can Next Generation Sequencing Work For Whole Genome Analysis of Pathogens?

Use of Next Generation Sequencing for Whole Genome Analysis of PathogensUse of Next Generation Sequencing for Whole Genome Analysis of Pathogens Dr. Douglas Marthaler, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, talks about the technologies behind metagenomic sequencing and what it means for laboratory use. Dr. Marthaler provides how laboratory workflow and technology are integrated, how costs are allocated, and what to do with the data that comes out of the metagenomic sequencing technology [video].

How Does Pathogen Discovery Using Metagenomic Sequencing Work?

Pathogen Discovery Using Metagenomic SequencingPathogen Discovery Using Metagenomic Sequencing Dr. Ben Hause, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, shares what metagenomic sequencing is and how it can be used to help identify swine health issues. Dr. Hause details several projects that have used metagenomic sequencing and what the outcomes were [video].

Managing Antimicrobial Use

Hanson Lecture: Changes in Antimicrobial Use - PractitionerHanson Lecture: Changes in Antimicrobial Use - Practitioner Dr. Paul Ruen, Fairmont Veterinary Clinic, LLP, delivers the Hansen Lecture on the topic of managing antimicrobial use. Dr. Ruen reviews the Veterinary Feed Directive as it stands today and what strategies practitioners need to consider going into 2017 and beyond [video].
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