Bullets and Pigs Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049", follows the many parts of a pig to see how they are used. Of the 185 products she discovered, she shares several surprising examples. Her goal? To create an awareness of the products so that we, society, can "take better care of what's behind our products". She says the first step is to know that they [the products] are there [video].
Managing Pigs & People is Hard! Through the Pork Checkoff, research and tools are developed to help understand / manage disease issues like PEDV, provide tools to measure and monitor sustainability programs, help management and staff communicate with consumers, and integrate economics into daily decision making activities.
ADT, 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.
Economic 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.
PEDv, 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 Are Consumer Views On Antibiotics? What is expressed, by some consumers, is a need to scale back on antibiotic prophylactic treatment in food animal agriculture. The World Health Organization suggests a better use and management of antibiotics across all animal species, including humans.
What Is Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus? What is being done to address Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv)? PEDv is a coronavirus that kills newborn pigs within a short number of days. PEDv is not a risk for people; it is not zoonotic, so therefore it poses no risk to other animals or humans. Also, it poses no risk to food safety. But the price of pork will be affected by PEDv. More piglets are dying, reducing the flow of pigs into the meat market.
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.
Sustaining 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.