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].
General Session Speakers Take On Antibiotic Questions Dr. Chris Braden, Dr. Thomas Shryock, Dr. Robert Tauxe, and Dr. Mike Apley participate in a panel discussion on antibiotics from a variety of angles. Some of the panel questions address goals of the Presidential Advisory Commission plus some of the differences in agriculture use of antibiotics [video].
What About Antimicrobial Resistance? Dr. Larry Granger, Dr. Craig Lewis, Dr. Benjamin Park, and Dr. Chase Crawford provide a panel view on antimicrobial resistance. Questions included lab sampling approaches for understanding antibacterial resistance and what other farm focused data the FDA would like to collect on antibiotic use [video].
Antibiotic Stewardship Dr. Chuck Hofacre, Dr. Tim Lapara, Dr. Jennifer Koeman, and Dr. David Sjeklocha participate on a panel focused on antibiotic stewardship. Some of the focus questions ask how stewardship programs are measured as "successful" and what some of the unintended consequences of directives #209 and #213 in the future might be [video].
Building Consumer Trust for Antibiotics and Animals Ms. Christine Summers, Costco, talks about how Costco handles the conversation of antibiotics with 80 million members. Ms. Summers drive the business with high quality and safe expectations. Ms. Summers points that the Costco members are highly educated, well paid, and have a heightened awareness. What Costco does is proactively engage with their members and be part of the daily dialog about food [video].
In-Patient Antimicrobial Resistance Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, Associate Director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), talks about what is being done in hospitals to improve antibiotic use. Dr. Srinivasan outlines notable goals about the future of patient care around antibiotics. Key in hospitals is that physicians do not like to be "managed" so the shift is forward the phase "stewardship". Take aways: Many experts, including advisers to the President, have called for the government to require hospitals and nursing homes to have antibiotic stewardship programs [video].