Stepping 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.
Working 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.
Understand 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.
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.
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.
Approaches to plant genetics applied to livestock? Dr. Jon Lightner highlights what has occurred in plant genetics over the last 20 years and what values / strategy changes have occurred. Dr. Lightner is working with PIC to help bring to the pork genetics similar approaches to increase growth and value to the whole ecosystem [video][PDF].
Understanding 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.
Dollar 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.