Reducing the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, quantifies heat stress for pork operations as costing $300 million (US) annually. Some farm operations are hit hard by heat stress, seasonally more expensive for some than PRRS. Dr. Safranski aims to raise the level of understanding of heat stress so more operations know how to handle it.
Building Up Feed and Nutrition Strtegies Dr. Erin Harris, University of Minnesota, provides insights on using dried distiller's grain (DDG). Dr. Harris outlines some of the effects DDGs create within boars and what farm operations can do to adjust.
What do consumers look for when they buy pork? Agritourism is a great opportunity to share a positive farming message with the public. Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, and Jarrod Sutton outline the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure and Dairy operations and its connection to the consumer public.
Disease Severity And Impacts Dr. Matthew Turner, Prestage Farms, and the 2014 AASV Swine Practitioner Of The Year, shares information on how Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex (PRDC) affects swine production operations. His take away: Each animal disease outbreak offers lessons to learn and apply to operation and management practices, so as to be ready for the next one.
Feeding the World - Wide Boundary Perspective Dr. Nate Hagens, University of Minnesota, believes how people view these three lenses ( Energy, Environment, and Human Behavior) are going to shape the world in the years leading up to when the population grows to 9 billion people. Take away: 1) Money is a marker for energy and natural resources. In the long run energy is what we have to budget and spend! 2) We need technology… But not new gadgets.
Stepping Through Emerging Diseases Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, summarizes the the NPPC Pork Forum Resolution into the three core components of the disease matrix, emerging disease response, and strengthening the borders. Much hard work has gone into developing the response plan to and planning for the next diseases. The new response plan includes identifying who is responsible and what needs to occur.
Working on Our Animal Disease Preparedness Dr. Paul Sundberg, Vice President, National Pork Board, outlines several of the lessons learned from the outbreak of PEDv. Pathway of introduction is difficult – at best; Corollary - Be prepared for the next one to come because it is coming; Better state-federal-industry response coordination is essential; and We can’t expect USDA alone to respond quickly and efficiently to the “next PED” in time to stop it. Corollary - Industry needs to be responsible for managing production diseases.
Understand To Prepare Dr. Mark Engle, Senior Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health, shares background on the virus matrix exercise and how it is to help bring better industry preparedness on disease discovery. Each known swine virus is ranked on economic impact to domestic market, economic impact to exports, risk of introduction or reemergence in the US, and zoonotic capabilities. The end goal is use the matrix to help swine management, planning, and risk development.
Understanding The Diagnostic Activities Dr. Rodger Main, Iowa State University, outlines what the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) group does and how it works on samples. Dr. Main details their findings on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) over time & geography, plus wraps up with information on testing equipment, PEDv reporting, and future of information tools for diseases.