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What Is Forward With PEDv?

Steps Forward - Emerging DiseasesStepping 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.

Being Prepared For The Next Disease

Working on Our Animal Disease PreparednessWorking 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.

Disease Matrix Helps Planning

What Else Is On Our Radar Screen? Animal DiseaseUnderstand 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.

Dr. Liz Wagstrom - Steps Forward - Emerging Diseases


Steps Forward - Emerging Diseases - Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Paul Sundberg - Working on Our Preparedness


Working on Our Preparedness - Dr. Paul Sundberg, Vice President, National Pork Board, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Mark Engle - What Else Is On Our Radar Screen?


What Else Is On Our Radar Screen? - Dr. Mark Engle, Senior Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Staying Ahead Of Diseases

Dr. Steven Krakowka - PEDv & Swine Delta Coronavirus (SDCV) Strains/GenomicsFocus On The Biology Dr. Steven Krakowka, The Ohio State University, shares his insight into what he sees within Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and the Swine Delta Coronavirus (SDCV).

What Do They Do There?

Dr. Rodger Main - Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) DiagnosticsUnderstanding 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.

More Corn, More Feed, Pork Prices Good

Dr. Steve Meyer - US Pork Industry Economic Situation and OutlookDollar 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.