Influenza & the Human-Animal Interface The flu season for pigs is starting up and there are actions barn staff can take to help limit exposure and improve surveillance. Several presentation to help with training and awareness on influenza A, surveillance, and human-animal interactions were shared at the 2103 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference.
Dr. Dyneah Classen points out the challenges of surveillance and management of swine influenza and observes that vaccination of the entire breeding herd can reduce viral shedding in both sows and suckling piglets [presentation video].
Dr. Joni Scheftel offers a public health perspective on the influenza A virus and the human-interface. She highlights action steps taken in 2013 to educate people in Minnesota about exposure to pigs through out the year, like at fairs and live markets [presentation video].
Dr. Amy Vincent details USDA's influenza A virus (H3N2) surveillance program. Dr. Vincent points out the challenges some of the vaccines have and what should be done at the human-animal interface [presentation video].
Nutrition and Lameness This session, from the 2013 Leman Swine Conference, looks into bone strength, lameness, and clinical diagnosis approaches and research.
Dr. Tom Crenshaw looks that the nutritional aspects of pig lameness. Dr. Crenshaw looks at the clinical diagnosis of skeletal integrity in swine and what swine professionals need to understand to monitor and address lameness issues [presentation video].
Dr. Darin Madson looks into the what diagnostic labs are seeing as it relates to pig lameness. Dr. Madson shares that the bone is a dynamic organ in pigs. His take aways: lameness is an industry issue and clinical assessments are important [presentation video].
Dr. Pedro Urriola highlights the nutritional management information of pigs to help production teams succeed. Dr. Urriola recommends using nutritional models to determine objective and dynamic requirements [presentation video].
How Do You Value Swine Litter Size? Dr. John Kolb presents the economic approach to putting a value on increasing born alive litter size. Dr. Kolb shares several tools to help managers look at the economic and financial factors of born alive litters.
Economics Considerations of Swine Diseases Dr. James Kober looks at sick pigs testing and surveillance testing from an economic point of view. Dr. Kober starts by asking "How much is the right amount to spend on diagnostics and / or surveillance?". He then looks at the factors that are used to help answer the economic questions. Key take away: size of operation will influence the approach. Additionally, focus of operation's goal will impact approach.
Illness Costs In Naïve Swine Population Dr. Tom Gillespie uses mycoplasma infection in an economic presentation to help managers, staff, and veterinarians understand the costs diagnostic and treatment options of sick pigs. Costs will vary depending on pathogens associated with the outbreak and variables included. Dr. Gillespie asks "How can you start to apply costs in your monitoring approaches?"
PEDV As A Test Dr. Tim Snider boldly points out that PEDV is a warning shot for national biosecurity and foreign animal disease preparedness and response. He shares this presentations as a way to spur people to awareness. That PEDV has occurred is actually a good test for businesses to review and update their business continuity plans. Dr. Snider highlights some of the experiences people have had with communication with PEDV.
Feeding Pigs According to Health Dr. Don Giesting looks at the pig neonatal transition period from a liquid to dry diet; going from mother's milk to eating on their own. He presents information on what production staff can do to optimize performance of the pigs. His key take away: We need better models of gut immunity, microbial status, management effects & opportunities to improve these. Additionally, the industry needs to create better targeted delivery of additives and nutrient precursors to key areas of the gut.
Nutrients For PRRSv Pigs In this National Pork Board research, grow-finisher pigs are looked at to better understand how to feed sick pigs. The aim of the research was look at how immune challenges alter feed intake and digestibility and if sick pigs have altered nutrient requirements.
Unhealthy Pigs Still Need Feed Dr. Mark FitzSimmons takes a look at how barn managers look at pigs in the barn to be marked for the truck. He presents information on how feeding an nutrition changes according to the health of the pig. What is needed to feed unhealthy pigs to sustain the growth rate?
Advancing Agriculture Vance Publishing Corporation announced in September their inaugural 40 Under 40 in Agriculture Awards Finalists. Among the finalists are several people notable in the pork industry: Jean Paul Cano, DVM, Senior Associate Director of Swine Professional Services, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.; Chris Chinn, Farmer, Chinn Hog Farm; Joel DeRouchey, Extension Specialist, Kansas State University; Emily Meredith, Director of Communications, Animal Agriculture Alliance; Dr. Dale Woerner, Assistant Professor, Center for Meat Safety & Quality, Colorado State University; and Dr. Matt Ritter, Advisor, EKS, Swine Value-Added Services, Elanco Animal Health. Congratulations to everyone [article].