John Blue, SwineCast Industry

John Blue is the editor of the SwineCast update and the SwineCast Industry blogs.
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Is Brazil Pork Ready For PEDv?

Opportunities on Biosecurity in BrazilOpportunities on Biosecurity in Brazil Dr. Fabio Vannucci, Microvet, provides an update on Brazilian pork and how they are adapting to handle porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Vannucci also shares the other swine disease challenges and what investments are being made to protect herds.

PEDv Taught Us Nothing About Biosecurity

PEDv taught us nothing about biosecurityRisk vs. Action Equation Changed Dr. Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, shares what Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has taught us about our beliefs and how it connects with reality. He poses the question if biosecurity is an art or a science. And he asks how ‘leaky’ is national biosecurity? His take away: PEDv taught us nothing about biosecurity because we already knew the actions to take. But what PEDv has done is change the equation of risk vs action.

Heat and Stress, Bad Economics

Impact of In Utero Heat Stress on Subsequent Growth, Composition and ReproductionReducing the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, quantifies heat stress for pork operations as costing $300 million (US) annually. Some farm operations are hit hard by heat stress, seasonally more expensive for some than PRRS. Dr. Safranski aims to raise the level of understanding of heat stress so more operations know how to handle it.

How Can DDGs Be Included?

Feeding Strategies for Dried Distillers Grain with Solubles with Immunologically Castrated Pigs-Considerations for Producers and PackersBuilding Up Feed and Nutrition Strtegies Dr. Erin Harris, University of Minnesota, provides insights on using dried distiller's grain (DDG). Dr. Harris outlines some of the effects DDGs create within boars and what farm operations can do to adjust.

Dr. Erin Harris - Feeding Strategies for Producers and Packers


Feeding Strategies for Dried Distillers Grain with Solubles with Immunologically Castrated Pigs-Considerations for Producers and Packers - Dr. Erin Harris, University of Minnesota, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Jeffrey Escobar - Does Immune Activation Alter Growth Potential and Nutrient Digestibility?


Does Immune Activation Alter Growth Potential and Nutrient Digestibility? - Dr. Jeffrey Escobar, Novus, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Tim Safranski - Impact of In Utero Heat Stress on Subsequent Growth, Composition and Reproduction


Impact of In Utero Heat Stress on Subsequent Growth, Composition and Reproduction - Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Lance Baumgard - Reducing the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity - What’s the Issue?


Reducing the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity - What’s the Issue? - Dr. Lance Baumgard, Iowa State University, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

The Public's View Of Farms In Action

Agritourism - A Great Opportunity to Share a Positive Farming Message with the PublicWhat do consumers look for when they buy pork? Agritourism is a great opportunity to share a positive farming message with the public. Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, and Jarrod Sutton outline the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure and Dairy operations and its connection to the consumer public.

Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, Jarrod Sutton - Agritourism- A Great Opportunity to Share a Positive Farming Message with the Public


Agritourism - A Great Opportunity to Share a Positive Farming Message with the Public - Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, Jarrod Sutton, Indiana Pork Board, Besltra Milling, National Pork Board, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.