Consumer Views on Animal Welfare Purdue's Dr. Candace Croney recently presented thoughts on sow housing and other welfare issues at the Midwest Pork Conference in Danville, IN. She shares highlights from her presentation and discusses those animal management areas which are overshadowed by the current debate [audio].
Dr. Bob Morrison and The Morrison Group follow up on an earlier discussion related to herd closure as a option in eliminating PRRS in an operation. Now, the data from a recent research project fills in the gaps on this episode of "At The Meeting".
Regulating Antimicrobial Resistance? What is the swine industry's perspective on antimicrobial restrictions? Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, starts by outlining the difference between legislation and regulation and how that plays a part in the swine industry standards of practice. Dr. Snelson also outlines some of the proposed legislation and what the wording means.
Sow Lifetime Productivity Improvements Dr. Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board, over the last year has developed a research plan to look at sow lifetime productivity. The metric has some challenges with many variable ecosystem inputs. With feedback from others in the swine industry, Dr. Hostetler has put in place a plan to understand sow lifetime productivity, how to measure the various factors, and outline a strategic initiative focus on improving lifetime sow productivity.
Is human antimicrobial resistance a result of animal agriculture's use of these important tools? How will current legislative initiatives affect our access and administration? Is there a track record in other countries to guide our decision-making?