Are Feed Prices Good or Bad? Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc., provides context about how last fall's government shut down impacted the economics of pork production and what data was missing. Dr. Meyer also provided insights on what is on the horizon for meat supplies and their prices.
Do You Know Your Ps? Dr. Pete Lasley, Murphy-Brown of Missouri, LLC, covers basic information on PRRS and PEDV to help farm management and staff better manage their herds. Dr. Lasley also provides a timely update on PEDV in North America.
Are Your Lagoons Working? Jerry Foster, Environmental Manager, Cargill, moderates a panel discussion about lagoon management. The panel looks at how to stay focused on applying state and federal regulations into day to day farm operations. Panel tips provided can also help improve your staff's productivity.
Do You Have Solid Solutions For Your Pit? Dr. Ted Funk, Ted Funk Consulting, offers a series of actions to help manage swine manure pits. Dr. Funk offers input on ventilation, pumping, foaming, level management, and manure nutrient value. Dr. Funk suggests that operations be focused on safety & airy quality, environmental protection, and plan for best use of nutrients.
Looking At Swine Farm Data Dr. Daniel Linhares, PIC/Agroceres, provides some perspectives on what has been learned regarding the impact of modified live virus (MLV) or live virus inocula (LVI) in the load-close-expose (L-C-E) protocol for breeding herd stabilization. Dr. Linhares shares research metrics and how processes have changed as a result.
PEDV is Here, Work Through It Dr. Dick Hesse, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, makes a point of emphasizing that "Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) Is Here - Ready or Not". PEDV, Dr. Hesse thinks, is a disease for which we had lots of warning but pretty much ignored it. Dr. Hesse describes research that is being run to better understand PEDV, how to approach detecting and reducing its impact. Dr. Hesse summarizes how PEDV spreads and what approaches to vaccine development is being done.
PEDV Q&A Dr. Rodger Main, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Iowa State University, and Dr. Butch Baker, Iowa Pork Industry Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, address questions from the audience on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) outbreak in the USA. Some of the questions revolve about approaches to PEDV reporting and how to interpret PEDV symptoms as it relates to immunity or infections.
Learning From PEDV Dr. Rodger Main, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Iowa State University, provides a status report, diagnosis, and observation on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the USA. Dr. Main highlights the data on farms impacted and cases reviewed. Dr. Main also outlines several of the lessons learned along the way and how to apply them to a broader state of preparedness.
Diagnostics, Impacts & Biosecurity Dr. Butch Baker, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, provides details on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in Iowa and how biosecurity plays a part in reducing impacts. Dr. Baker also covers strategies operations are using to reduce and eliminate PEDV in herds. Dr. Baker closes with what is happening in the future of management and production with PEDV and other swine diseases.
Control Procedures Work Dr. Clayton Johnson, The Maschhoffs, shares how they have applied porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) control protocols. Dr. Johnson highlights the measurements and processes used on a regular basis to help sustain the health of their herds.