John Blue, SwineCast Industry

John Blue is the editor of the SwineCast update and the SwineCast Industry blogs.
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Impacts Of Euthanasia On Caretakers

Importance of Timely Euthanasia and the Impacts on CaretakersEuthanasia: Impacts on Caretakers Dr. Jan Shearer, Professor and Dairy Extension Veterinary Specialist at Iowa State University, provides a very personal and emotional view on the impacts of animal euthanasia and what veterinarians today need to better understand. Dr. Shearer shares his own experiences and state of mind when he dealt with mass animal depopulation or worked with farmers during animal disease outbreaks.

Dr. Shearer believes veterinarians today must know about this unpleasant activity (euthanasia) and learn what to expect in terms of human emotional responses, both by vets and by the farmers and ranchers.

Animal Disease Traceability in the Pork Industry

An Industry Driven Solution to Implement Animal Disease Traceability in the Pork IndustryAn Industry Driven Solution to Implement ADT Dr. Patrick Webb, Director of Swine Health Programs at National Pork Board, provides insight in to how the Swine ID Plan works with the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule. One of the key drivers is the value of pork exports and the need to have a robust swine ID system so as not to lose on exports. Dr. Webb shares a case study of a swine ID program and what they discovered about processes in place to help make decisions when a foreign animal disease occurs.

Dealing With Animal Emergencies

The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team - Beyond Academics With Integrated All-Hazards ResponseBeyond Academics With Integrated All-Hazards Response Dr. Deb Zoran, DVM, PhD; Dr. Matt Cochran, DVM, PhD; Dr. Wesley Bissett, DVM, PhD - Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences, summarize emergency response activities and what steps people take in such a situations. Dr. Cochran details several incidents in which the team participated in handling emergency responses and highlights lessons learned.

ADT: How Does The USDA See It?

USDA Update on Implementation of Animal Disease TraceabilityImplementation of Animal Disease Traceability Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Program Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, USDA APHIS VS; Dr. Jack Shere, Associate Deputy Administrator, APHIS Veterinary Services, share the USDA update on the implementations of the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule.

How Can RCRA Liability Impact Your Agricultural Operations?

When Animal Manure is Regulated like Municipal Dumps – Imposing RCRA Liability on Agricultural OperationsWill Your Operation Be Labeled As A Dump? Ms. Deb Kristensen, Partner at Givens Pursley, LLP, shares her presentation "When Animal Manure is Regulated like Municipal Dumps", from the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Indianapolis.

Ms. Kristensen points out that new tactics are being developed, using the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) against agricultural operations. This approach is novel and could severely impact all farm operations that have manure.

Ms. Deb Kristensen - When Animal Manure is Regulated like Municipal Dumps - Imposing RCRA Liability on Agricultural Operations


When Animal Manure is Regulated like Municipal Dumps – Imposing RCRA Liability on Agricultural Operations - Ms. Deb Kristensen, Partner at Givens Pursley, LLP, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Dr. Jack Shere - USDA Update on Implementation of Animal Disease Traceability


USDA Update on Implementation of Animal Disease Traceability - Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Program Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, USDA APHIS VS; Dr. Jack Shere, DVM, PhD, Associate Deputy Administrator, APHIS Veterinary Services, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

Drs. Zoran, Cochran, and Bissett - Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team - Beyond Academics With Integrated All-Hazards Respone


The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team - Beyond Academics With Integrated All-Hazards Response - Dr. Deb Zoran, DVM, PhD; Dr. Matt Cochran, DVM, PhD; Dr. Wesley Bissett, DVM, PhD - Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

Dr. Patrick Webb - An Industry Driven Solution to Implement Animal Disease Traceability in the Pork Industry


An Industry Driven Solution to Implement Animal Disease Traceability in the Pork Industry - Dr. Patrick Webb, DVM, Director of Swine Health Programs at National Pork Board, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.