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.
Dollar Views On Pork Future Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, points out that more corn and soybeans will have been raised in 2014 than ever before. This translates into lowest feed prices, the ethanol gravy train is over, and and high revenues for pork. Regardless of PEDv development, he expects rapid growth (3-4%) in 2015.
Keeping Calm, Staying Healthy Dr. Adam Moeser, North Carolina State University, suggests that a pathogen by itself is not enough for an animal to become sick. Dr. Moeser looks at stress as a major environmental factor to increasing the likelihood of an animal becoming sick. Dr. Moeser shares info on how early life intestinal stress plays a part in the development of intestinal epithelial and immune functions in the pig.
How Does PEDv Move? Dr. Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota, share research updates on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) transmission. Dr. Morrison highlights the Lateral Spread Study and specific risk factors for PEDv. Dr. Morrison closes with an outline of future PEDv projects that would look at duration of immunity in gilts, effectiveness of vaccination, and impact of PEDv in growing pigs.
Gaining Value From PEDv Dr. Dale Polson, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, looks at Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) as a systemic disease and what the data points are telling the swine industry. Dr. Polson recommends that PEDv is a signal that there needs to be broader, connected, and grassroots area coordinated disease control.