John Blue, SwineCast Industry

John Blue is the editor of the SwineCast update and the SwineCast Industry blogs.
Email: jlblue@TruffleMedia.com

Staying Ahead Of The Wave

Working On Our Preparedness, Producer UpdatePreparation Always Forefront Dr. Paul Sundberg, Science & Technology, National Pork Board, shares thoughts on the state of preparedness of pork operations for animal diseases, like porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). While the mystery of how PEDv came into the USA is still unknown, discovery of PEDV has created the opportunity to implement and improve communication, coordination, and collaboration. Dr. Sundberg outlines the value of the Swine Health Information Center and the Center's next steps.

Updates on Common Industry Audit

Common Industry AuditAligning With Partners Sherrie Webb, Director Animal Welfare, National Pork Board, addresses the Pork Industry Forum producers about the Common Industry Audit. Ms. Webb provides a history on what issues and needs drove the Common Industry Audit creation. Ms. Webb highlights the program elements and the role of the Industry Audit Task Force in the implementation of the processes. Take aways: Audit tools are available for all to use and training is available. Additionally, audits are part of a comprehensive approach to having a quality industry.

You can't inspect your way to freedom or inspect your way to protection

150305_PorkForum_Update_Wagstrom-400w.jpgNational Disease Response Plan Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, provides an update on the pork emerging diseases response plan. Dr. Wagstrom shares information on the projects others are also doing and how they tie together. One of the key areas of improvement resulting from the outbreak of PEDv was communication consistency and protocol. Dr. Wagstrom also highlights the risk assessments completed, the swine disease matrix development, and the "strengthening the boarders" project.

Ambassador Darci Vetter - Trans-Pacific Partnership, Pork & Pork Products


Trans-Pacific Partnership, Pork & Pork Products - Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agriculture Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, from the 2015 Pork Industry Forum, March 5-7, 2015, San Antonio, TX, USA.

Sherrie Webb - Common Industry Audit, Producer Update


Common Industry Audit, Producer Update - Sherrie Webb, Director Animal Welfare, National Pork Board, from the 2015 Pork Industry Forum, March 5-7, 2015, San Antonio, TX, USA.

Dr. Paul Sundberg - Working On Our Preparedness, Producer Update


Working On Our Preparedness, Producer Update - Dr. Paul Sundberg, Science & Technology, National Pork Board, from the 2015 Pork Industry Forum, March 5-7, 2015, San Antonio, TX, USA.

Dr. Liz Wagstrom - Stepping Forward - Emerging Diseases, Producer Update


Stepping Forward - Emerging Diseases, Producer Update - Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, from the 2015 Pork Industry Forum, March 5-7, 2015, San Antonio, TX, USA.

Better BBQ, Pitmaster Secrets

Pitmaster Secrets: Award Winning BBQ Tips and TricksKnow Your Heat, Know Your Meat Top Barbecuer Elliot Mellow, BBQ ASAP (as in As Smoked As Possible) shares his tips from being a competition barbecuer since 2006. Elliot helps people understand the differences between barbecue and grilling. His tips will help the outcome be great food for you. Key to barbecue and grilling is the kind of meat being used. Elliot also shares information on the types and kinds of equipment and techniques that can be used. Elliot's preferences is to use a technique that is not only a heat source but can add flavor; charcoal with a combination of wood chunks or chips over the top.

Pork Quality Evolves

The New Swine Industry AuditKeeping Quality Updated Rob Christine and Dinah Peebles, National Pork Board, provides a background and history of the swine quality assurance programs. The team then details the Common Swine Industry Audit and the task force behind the initiative. One key take away: pork operation staff must engage with customers to gain an understanding of consumer perspectives and meet current marketplace expectations.