Starting with the End in Mind Dr. Abbey Harding, Lowe Consulting, Ltd., shares an outlook of swine in 2016 and into 2017. Dr. Harding details thoughts on helping producers be successful in a low margin market. Key messages: Efficiency is king, utilize your people to be the best, and understand how to manage risks [video].
Exploring Lessons from Disease Management in Commercial Aquaculture Dr. John Hawke, Professor, Chief Diagnostician, Louisiana Aquatic Diagnostic Laboratory, Louisiana State University, opens with background on aquaculture and the issues the industry has. Dr. Hawke shares how aquaculture health management has applicable goals and issues like those in swine and aims to relate them to veterinarians [video].
Antibiotic Update Dr. Dave Pyburn, National Pork Board, points out the changes around the Veterinary Feed Directive is a big change and that planning now is very important. His one key message: "Be Ready" for the new antibiotic changes and stay informed on VFD and related regulations [video].
Recognition, Prevention and Control of Swine Diseases Dr. Bryan Myers, Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, presents on how to identify, prevent, and control swine diseases in pig barns. Dr. Myers states planning is key to help handle issues when they occur. Dr. Myers details step by step actions barn managers and staff should have in their plans [video].
Keeping Records for your Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Permit Michael Heaton, Environmental Scientist, Missouri DNR, opens with the comment that many farm operations he sees have trouble keeping records. Keeping records are important to help protect the environment, farm operations are more likely to fix issues when written down, and the law demands the information to help improve the large picture of farming and agriculture [video].
Managing Water Quality on the Farm Mary Foy, Proxy Clean, talks about water, quality, and animal health. Ms. Foy highlights the core issues where water is part of the problem. Ms. Foy details steps to better understand the water quality and how to diagnose issues with water [video].
Let’s Talk BBQ Steve Demaray, Lynch Livestock, shares why barbecues are community builders and great for events. Mr. Demaray outlines some of his cooker secrets, helps the audience better understand saucing, and shares best approaches to serving your barbecue [video].
Agriculture, Human Health, and Environment: Confessions Of A Greenpeace Dropout Dr. Patrick Moore, Ecosense, is a former leader of Greenpeace who shares his thoughts on how environmental and climate science today, as it is shared, is clouded by believes that are not sustainable by actual science. Dr. Moore dives into the specifics of current policy and views of governments and organizations related to food, agriculture, and the environment. [video].
Iowa Environmental Regulations & Nuisance Case Update Eldon McAfee, Brick Gentry Law Firm, covers what is happening with ag nuisance cases, manure handling, and livestock truck wash regulation. As always, Mr. McAfee details the issues and offers an analysis on what farm operators can expect on future regulation activities [video].
Livestock & Poultry Economic Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer, EMI Express Markets, provides key factors in livestock economics for the year. Dr. Meyer provides a depth of analysis that will help management teams to think about how to position themselves well. Low costs, good crops, and animal diseases (PEDv) has been moderated. Some risk factors: Highly Pathogenic Asian Influenza (HPAI), slower demand, macro economics positive but not robust. [video].