2015 North American PRRS This annual conference featuring both research virologists and practitioners marked the release of the most important industry discovery in recent times. Dr. Randy Prather (University of Missouri) shared his findings on the genetic key to PRRS resistance [video][slides]. In addition, the "Genetics of Host Resistance to PRRS and PCV2" by Iowa State’s Dr. Jack Dekkers was widely discussed and can be viewed here [video].
Organizers also shared that while PRRS has been the focus for this international conference, future meetings will be expanded to include other industry disease issues such as PED and PCV2.
Water Regulations Update: Waters of the United States and Buffer Strips Warren Formo, Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Center, and Joe Smentek, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, share an overview on the Waters Of The US (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Formo and Mr. Smentek then offer recommendations for farmers and land owners to help them understand the WOTUS rule, how to get involved in the rule interpretation process, and what legislative, regulatory, and policy actions are expected in the future [video].
Pork Trade Update Maria Zieba, Manager of International Affairs with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), shares background on the activities where the NPPC actively participated to represent US pork interests. Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL), Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), West Coast Ports Slowdown, and foreign pork bans are just a few of these NPPC is working on. Ms. Zieba closes with 2016 and 2017 issues that are on the radar and what pork producers need to know for their planning [video].
Preparing for potential and emerging swine diseases: Swine Health Information Center Update Dr. Paul Sundberg, Executive Director, Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), shares an update on the first year of SHIC in operation. Dr. Sundberg outlines the Swine Health Monitoring and Analysis Group and the Swine Disease Matrix Project. Key messages include that trusted data sharing is a must for all producers to benefit, developing risk analysis models will help farm risk planning, and that close coordination between all parties is a must. Dr. Sundberg closes with the specific example of Seneca Valley Virus and how SHIC played a key part [video].
PRRS & PEDV Control Proposal: Open Forum Dr. David Wright, Wright Veterinary Services, and Dr. Bill Hartmann, Minnesota Board of Animal Health, share thoughts on a proposal to improve the value of Minnesota PRRS & PED control. Drs. Wright and Hartmann walk though the progress of current MN PRRS elimination projects and outline what is next to resolve problems around current epidemic thresholds of new PRRS incident cases [video].
Antibiotics: What do the new regulations mean to the Producer? Dr. Laura Bruner, Swine Vet Center, provides a vet perspective on new regulations and their meaning to the producers. Dr. Bruner walks through the practical steps on how the veterinary feed directive will change operational activities. Key messages: more communication with veterinarians and nutritionists will occur and accurate documentation plus record keeping on the medications being used in specific formats is a must. Plan and practice for these changes now [video].
The Future of Antibiotic Use In the panel titled "The Future of Antibiotic Use" Dr. Paul Ruen, Dr. Laura Bruner, and Dr. Peter Davies take on questions on what the veterinary feed directives will do to pork farm operations. On of the key panel question centered around collecting data to better understand the impacts of the regulations. Key take aways include: collaboration across all species is important to help improve animal health, meet consumer expectations, and protect people from further antibiotic resistance health issues [video].
The Future of Antibiotic Use - Dr. Paul Ruen, Fairmont Veterinary Clinic; Dr. Laura Bruner, Swine Vet Center; Dr. Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, from the 2016 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 18 - 20, 2016, Minneapolis, MN, USA.