Really Ready? Dr. Lisa Becton, National Pork Board, reviews US Foreign Animal Disease preparedness. Dr. Becton focuses on the big issue diseases, like Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Swine Vesicular Disease (SVD), and Seneca Valley Virus (because it looks like FMD). Take away: With increasing global commerce and travel, protection of the industry is more important than ever plus continue to work on “tying all the information together” for rapid decision-making and response [video].
2015 Summer Swine Health Seminar focused on antibiotics and the new directions via the Veterinary Feed Directive. Also timely is the presentation by Dr. Robert Desrosiers on Emerging Diseases:The Past and Future.
Cost Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Dr. Mark Schwartz presents research behind the cost of mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in growing pigs, using closeout data over about thee and a half years. His presentation focuses on the value of farm operations being "mycoplasma negative". One data point shared: There was an approximately $2.50 increased cost of production on mycoplasma hyopneumoniae positive pig flows over negative pig flows in the grow-finish phase [video].
Tremors, Down Pigs And Muscle Necrosis Dr. Matt Sturos, University of Minnesota-Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shares information on ionophore diagnostics, how to collect samples, collect additional data, etc. Dr. Sturos provides additional information on the actions farm operations and management can take to diagnose their animals and adjust their processes [video].
What Do We Need To Know? Dr. Robert Desrosiers, Boehringer Ingelheim, talks about emerging diseases. Dr. Desrosiers looks at transmission, pulls in the history of diseases, and then highlights issues that need focus on the future of diseases. Key message is that there is persistent vulnerability in North America, specifically around 2 or 3 PEDv strains, porcine deltacoronavirus, and mutant PCV2 [video]
Overview of Disease and Diagnosis Dr. Phil Gauger, Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), talks about Influenza ‘A’ Virus in swine. Dr. Gauger details how the VDL works and the focus of the lab's business (mainly swine). Dr. Gauger shares information on disease vectors and analysis that has been accomplished, along with vaccines and other products to help control diseases [video].
Glimpse Of Future Markets? Dr. Ron Plain, D. Howard Doane Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, says "size of the swine herd is driven by last year’s profitability". Dr. Plain provides a round approach to the state of the pork economics and a glimpse into some possible futures in 2016 [video].
Pork, Antibiotics, and Future Changes Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, talks about antibiotics and the Veterinary Feed Directive impacts. There will be some process changes throughout the entire feed and animal health ecosystem. Big end message: "Extra-label use of feed grade antimicrobials remains illegal for both veterinarians and producers" [video].