SwineCast Industry

Learn More About The Infection/Prevention Chain

Introducing Infection/Prevention Chain™Introducing Infection/Prevention Chain™ Dr. Eduardo Fano, Tech Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim, shares and introduction to Infection/Prevention Chain™ to help swine operation staff and animal health professionals know about the approach. Dr. Fano says everything is connected and that mapping the processes will help teams know where the infection points exist. Take aways: The Infection/Prevention Chain concept is a tool for swine diseases management, using the whole herd approach, and it encourages systematic interventions [video].

Have You Reviewed Your Employee Compensation?

Compensation in Pork Production - PORK AcademyCompensation in Pork Production - PORK Academy Karen Hoare, National Pork Board, shares recent research on pork farm labor compensation. In summary, pork production compensation is competitive. Ms. Hoare details how the data was collected and aggregated with the help of AgCareers. The presentation also outlines the key findings on wages, staff scheduling, benefits, and visas. [video].

Understanding Color, Ph, and Marbling

Pork Quality Initiative - Understanding Color, Ph, and Marbling - PORK AcademyPork Quality Initiative - Understanding Color, Ph, and Marbling - PORK Academy Jim Compart, Compart Family Farms, and Dr. Steve Larsen, National Pork Board, highlight the focus on pork quality for the consumer and what it means. Mr. Compart shares the background of how pork has been viewed in the past and the impacts of the early views that pork needed to be cooked to 160° F. Even though the temperature to cook pork is lower (145° F), families continue to follow the old approach. The National Pork Board aims to increase awareness about the lower temperature and resting time with focused consumer marketing. [video].

What Is Whole Herd Swine Disease Control?

Whole herd approach to swine disease controlWhole herd approach to swine disease control Dr. Brian Payne, Regional Health Director, Pipestone System's Bethany (Illinois) and Rensselaer (Indiana) locations, brings to the audience the "in the field" practice of swine health and the focus points swine farms concentrate on. Dr. Payne talks about aiming to prevent the infections through the infection chain concept: if farm operations can minimize through preventing the infection chain then there is a better chance of not needing medication. [video].

Earning Consumer Trust

Farm to Fork: Healthy Animals, Healthy Food, Healthy PeopleFarm to Fork: Healthy Animals, Healthy Food, Healthy People Dr. Justin Ransom (Customer-Focused Supply Chain Strategist at McDonald's), Dr. Tamika Sims (International Food Information Council Foundation), and Dr. Carissa Odland (Pipestone Veterinary Services) each present a view on the farm to fork path of today and into the future.

Dr. Ransom shares the view of the supply chain and its evolution. Dr. Sims shares consumer focused feedback on food & health. And Dr. Odland shares examples of how producers can earn the trust of the consumers [video].

Auditors Coming on To Your Farm? What Should You Expect of Them?

Who Are These Auditors Coming on My Farm? - PORK AcademyWho Are These Auditors Coming on My Farm? Ms. Collette Kaster, PAACO, helps farm operations managers and staff understand what goes into becoming a certified farm auditor and what should be expected of the auditor. Ms. Kaster shares the reasoning behind certification and the value it brings to all involved. Ms. Kaster also shares what the future of auditing may bring and what is needed to improve the process [video].

What Are Some Antibiotic Alternatives?

Sub-Therapeutic Growth-Promoting Antibiotic Alternatives - PORK AcademySub-Therapeutic Growth-Promoting Antibiotic Alternatives - PORK Academy Wes Schweer, Iowa State University, provides a detailed review and evaluation of growth promoting antibiotic alternatives in the literature.

While the research does not make any recommendations on the best antibiotic growth promotant (AGP) alternatives or genetic background and health status to best evaluate on, the research does recommend necessary parameters that should be recorded and at which times, project designs to best translate smaller scaled research to the industry, and useful parameters to (or not) measure that may relate to altered pig performance/morality [video].

Bring Connections Together To Influence

Implementing a Farm Influencer TourImplementing a Farm Influencer Tour What does it take to bring in influencers to help share the word about food and farming? This panel conversation highlights how the Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Soybean brought together a team to create #FarmFoodTour. Panel includes Meagan Cramer, Director of Communications & Marketing, Kansas Farm Bureau, moderator; Jancey Hall, Program Manager, Kansas Soybean; Stacey Forshee, Grain and Beef Farmer; LaVell Winsor, Grain Farmer; Abby Heidari, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, from the 2017 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Connect To Protect, May 3 - 4, 2017, Kansas City, MO, USA. [video].

When Media Knocks, What Are You To Do?

Setting the Record Straight: Working With Biased MediaSetting the Record Straight: Working With Biased Media This panel presentation highlights what happened when a the Chicago Tribune asked the Illinois Pork Producers for information about and access to pork farms. Jennifer Tirey, Executive Director, Illinois Pork Producers, Phil Borgic, Owner & Operator, Borgic Farms, and Cindy Cunningham, Assistant Vice President, Communications, National Pork Board, share how the story developed, what actions they took, and how data was used to understand the impacts to the business of pork [video].

What You Need To Know About Manure Nutrient Utilization & Water Quality

Manure Nutrient Utilization & Water QualityManure Nutrient Utilization & Water Quality In this moderated session, Dan Andersen with Iowa State University explains how to put a dollar value on manure, how to offset commercial fertilizer costs with manure, and timing application to maximize nutrient utilization. And Rick Juchems, a pork producer from Iowa, offers insight on how he has incorporated manure into his cover crop program. Sean McMahon, Executive Director of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, is the moderator. [video].
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