John Blue, SwineCast Industry

John Blue is the editor of the SwineCast update and the SwineCast Industry blogs.
Email: jlblue@TruffleMedia.com

Tagged And Tracked?

USDA Update on Implementation of ADTADT, Are We There Yet? Dr. Neil Hammerschmidt, USDA, presents information on animal disease traceability (ADT), its status, and what still needs to be worked on. Dr. Hammerschmidt shares that ADT is not a full traceability system. The rest of his presentation details the ADT system, what it does, and who is involved.

Are Your Ready On The Economic Front?

Markets, Economic Situation, and OutlookEconomic Theory in Practice Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, bring out the state of economics and how it applies to pork production and the related ecosystem of inputs and outputs. Dr. Meyer's presentation contains depth for anyone needing the details, yet his presentation offers the highlights in usable chunks.

Expert insights into PEDv

Expert insights into PEDvPEDv, 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].

What PED is Saying?

What PED is Saying... But Are We Listening?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.

Success and Area Regional Control

The Success of the Area Regional Control ConceptSustaining 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.