Seneca Valley Virus - Field Experiences In Iowa Dr. Chris Rademacher, Senior Clinician - Swine Extension Veterinarian, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, talks at a practical level on what is being observed around Senecavirus A, or Seneca Valley Virus. Additionally, Dr. Rademacher shares ongoing research about the virus and what producers need to understand. Key take away: farm teams must continue to be vigilant to work up cases as Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) to continue to rule out vesicular diseases that are FAD [video].
Reducing Pathogen Transmission at the Feed Mill Dr. Laura Greiner, Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions, LLC, talks about reducing pathogen transmission at the feed mill. Dr. Greiner says that while biosecurity is top of mind on farm operations, it is not so much at the feed mill. Dr. Greiner shares research that helps support that strict biosecurity measures at the feed mill will help reduce the risk of disease transmission [video].
What Will Guidance 213 Mean To Producers For Antibiotic Use Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, says that while the rules for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Veterinary Feed Directive #213 are available, there are specifics that need clarity. Dr. Wagstrom provides some insight into the current thinking of the guidance document and what impacts pork producers, veterinarians, and others with in the business of pork need to understand. Dr. Wagstrom says implementation of the rule will require a collaborative effort and compliance guidance written by FDA will further clarify specific issues [video].
Driving Pig Performance in a Changing World of Antibiotic Usage Dr. Mike Eisenmenger, Swine Vet Center, P.A., talks about changes in antibiotic use and how pig performance needs to change. Today's pork operations aim to focus on reducing the need for antibiotics to control/treat infectious disease and focus on animal disease prevention. Dr. Eisenmenger concludes with an outline of how an ileitis vaccination program might operate in light of antibiotic reduction efforts [video].
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus Resistant Pigs One specific swine disease, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSv), is costing North American and European swine producers $6 million dollars a day (US). Besides being an economic issues, PRRSv is an animal welfare issue. Dr. Randy Prather, University of Missouri, shares new swine genetics research he's involved, in focused on identifying the genes that allows for pigs to be resistant to PRRSv [video][slides].
Driving Sow Efficiency: Understanding what matters What are some of the driving sow efficiency control points? Dr. Jim Lowe, University of Illinois, walks through efficiency (margin per pound) to help understand the key points, business issues, and what to keep in mind in the future. Dr. Lowe offers several points for feed efficiency, sow efficiency, optimizing farm labor, and gilt management. Dr. Lowe emphasizes it is important to critically look at processes and understand why they are being done and ask if those processes help produce pigs [video].
Controlling Disease: It's not about the bugs When you are trying to control diseases, it is not about the bug. Dr. Jim Lowe, University of Illinois, says infectious disease is a signal, not the problem. Dr. Lowe says you need to look at diseases from the animal's point of view, not the bug's point of view. Dr. Lowe offers control strategies for pigs to help control diseases. Key message: monitoring is a must. [video].
2015 NIAA Antibiotic Symposium Opening Comments Dr. Chris Braden, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases; National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), introduces symposium attendees and what to expect during the event [video].
Human Health Viewpoint On Antibiotics Dr. Robert Tauxe, Deputy Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gives a public human health perspective about antibiotics in medicine. Dr. Tauxe summarizes the current disease threat and trends in resistance [video].