Metagenomic Sequencing for Virus Discovery and Characterization Dr. Ben Hause, Kansas State University, shares information on using metagenomic sequencing for virus discovery and characterization. Dr. Hause points out some of the advantages of metagenomic sequencing over Sanger Sequencing and what data is made available from metagenomic sequencing. Dr. Hause talks about how metagenomic sequencing helps with Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSv) research [video].
Swine Health Center Update Dr. Paul Sundberg, Executive Director, Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), is focused on the non-regulatory trans boundary diseases. With the mission of protecting and enhancing the health of the US swine herd, SHIC aims to weave together people, data, processes, and analysis to help the industry stay tuned and prepared. Dr. Sundberg shares the SHIC plan of work and details on who is involved with the animal health experts attending the 2016 NIAA Annual Conference: From Farm to Table - Food System Biosecurity for Animal Agriculture [video].
Introduction to Ceva Dr. Marc Prikazsky, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Ceva Santé Animale S.A., shares his vision of Ceva and how the employees of Ceva plan to advance that vision into new areas and countries [video].
Disease Interventions: Are We Doing as Good as We Know? Dr. Kent Schwartz, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Iowa State University, shares thoughts on disease intervention and asking "Are we doing as good as we know?" Dr. Schwartz suggests that data is needed to help solve the mysteries that animal diseases present to diagnosticians. One of his closing thoughts "There are no magic bullets and very few secrets to produce healthy pigs." [video].
Swine Industry Expectations, Innovations & Transformations In this panel of swine experts, questions are discussed about handling disease emergencies at a national level, who are the trusted sources of information about the food supply, and the public perceptions of agriculture and how to respond.
Moderator Neil Dierks, CEO National Pork Producers Council, and panelists Dr. Tom Burkgren, Executive Director, American Association of Swine Veterinarians; Jan Hueber, General Manager and Co-Owner, Great Plains Management; and Bob Ruth, President, Country View Family Farms [video].
The Chaos of Vaccine Responses: The Importance of Tissue-Level Activity Dr. David Hurley, Department of Large Animal Medicine, University of Georgia, dives into the science and physiology of tissue level activity and using Chaos Theory (or Complexity Theory if you prefer) to understand vaccine responses. This presentation shares detailed illustrations that explain tissue level events (their duration and strength plus their diversity).
One key takeaway is vaccines are able to protect target tissues other than the vaccine site because once ordered and produced in effective quantity and for the right challenge, the products will enter all body tissues expressing damage and danger. [video].
Ceva U.S. Business Craig Wallace, CEO and North America Pacific Zone Director, Ceva Animal Health, highlight how Ceva is growing and developing the relationships with veterinarians and producers in the U.S. Craig's key message is to "provide value beyond the products." [video].
Ceva U.S. Swine Business Gary Robertson, Director, U.S. Swine Business Unit, Ceva Animal Health, provides an update on the planned swine product launch in the U.S. and how Ceva is committed to helping pork producers and their veterinarians [video].
Questions and Answers Drs. Harding, Hawke, Lindberg, and Rowles participate in the question and answer session to address how they work with people, understand the issues, figure out solutions for their customers, and what communications approaches they use [video].