Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Information and Research at National Pork Board, provides an update from the World Pork Expo on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), the antibiotics use discussion, and the new Swine Health Information Center (SHIC).
More To Sow Lifetime Productivity? Dr. Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board, points out the definition of Sow Lifetime Productivity and provides data that challenges some of the traditional views of improving Sow Lifetime Productivity. Dr. Hostetler offers research that can help improve productivity. Key take away: Improvement in sow lifetime productivity will substantially impact profitability of all phases of production.
What Happens When Animal Diseases Shut Down Production? Dr. Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University, provides details on the Secure Pork Supply Plan, its tools, and information it uses. Of importance to producers is knowing how it works and what steps production staff will need to learn.
Planning for Emergency Mass-Depopulation of Swine in Response to a Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak - Mark Rice, North Carolina State University, from the 2015 World Pork Expo, June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA.
What are Changes in Antibiotic Regulation? The U.S. FDA released new information on the use of antibiotics and agriculture. Dr. Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board, and Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association Swine Veterinarians, break down the new changes and their implications. Dr. Koeman and Dr. Snelson also provide producers guidance points on what to do to prepare farms and staff.