PEDv, Where Do We Stand? [audio] Three leading swine veterinarians and researchers give producers a timely, informative overview of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. The experts will cover what the industry has learned about the disease's impact on production, herd immunity/exposure, diagnostics, mandatory reporting and other important topics [audio].
Listening? Dr. Dale Polson, Boehringer Ingelheim, presents a production and economic model to reflect the impacts of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Polson shares charts on how farms are bing impacted over time. One of the key take aways: For pork producers to get ahead of the disease and aim to really eliminate PEDV, there needs to be a higher degree of communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration than is the norm across the swine industry.
Sustaining Success Dr. Erin Johnson, Boehringer Ingelheim Technical Manager, talk about the area regional control (ARC) concept, how it works, and what it can do to help operations staff manage disease issues. Key is the ARC helps farms achieve greater sustained improvement in health and productivity in their neighborhood than any one can achieve on their own.
PEDv & Diagnostic Labs Keeping Up Dr. Phil Gauger, Iowa State University, shares historical perspective on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and the changes that specific disease brought to the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Laboratories. Dr. Gauger suggests that it is key to continue the collaborative efforts amongst the wide swine ecosystem participants if diseases like PEDv are to be eliminated.
Applying Diseases Principles Dr. Noel Garbes, Bethany Swine Health Services, provides historical perspective on the Northern Illinois Area Regional Control (ARC) project. Dr. Garbes also highlights how the ARC project is utilized in better understanding Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). Dr. Garbes shares several principles that were formed during the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSv) and how they are being utilized in a broad approach to swine diseases.
How Pork Producers Stay Sustainable Jamie Burr, Tyson Fresh Meats, shares ideas on what it means to help consumers understand pork, raising pigs, and maintaining business viability over time. Mr. Burr offers that information on what sustainability means for pork producers and how to help people learn more.
Understanding Pain Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia, Iowa State University, and Dr. Anna Johnson Butters, Iowa State University, provide information on the science of pain in animals. In pork production there is concern from consumers about the practices of tail docking and castration. To understand the issue, there needs to be a body of knowledge about the practices and what they mean for pigs.
Better Swine Reproduction Tools Dr. Don Levis, Levis Worldwide Swine Consultancy, updates producers on the National Swine Reproduction Guide, its use, and how it works as a troubleshooting and management tool.
Data Helps Inform on Productivity Dr. Ken Stalder, Iowa State University, provides updates to this year's summary on pork production productivity. Utilizing anonymous data from 2008 to 2013, Dr. Stalder shares benchmark data points to help producers better understand the pork business and seek to improve their own operations.