PCV2 Infections, What Next? Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, takes a look at the nuances of PCV2 infection. Dr. Madson highlights the PCV2 strains and what outcomes can occur in sick pigs. Dr. Madson suggests that PCV2 infections can manifest as reproductive failure, or be subclinical fetal infection and vaccination strategy and timing is important to decrease PCV2 viremia within the breeding herd.
Chronology of a Cough Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting Limited, LLC, presents an approach to understanding coughing in pigs. Dr. Lowe walks through the process of what happens before the cough and what farm production staff tend to do in reaction to a cough. Take aways: What you see in late finishing is merely a reflection of what happened 6-10 months ago in the sow farm; and Vaccines are not the problem nor are they they solution, they are one tool of many that we need to employ.
The Chronology of a Cough: Are We Really Looking and Working in the Right Place? - Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting Limited, LLC, from the 2013 AASV BI Pre-Conference Seminar, March 1, San Diego, CA, USA.
2013 Missouri Pork Expo, February 13 - 14, 2013, Columbia, MO, USA, had a good turnout. Producers were especially interested in managing risks and mitigating the unexpected on-farm disaster. Do you know who to call when: 1) manure ends up in a ditch [video], 2) you lose power for six hours and the deads outnumber the lives [video], 3) neighbors are in a litigating mood [video]. And more importantly, do your people in the barns know?
2013 Iowa Pork Congress January 23-24, Des Moines, IA, USA, provided an in depth look into the regulatory landscape encompassing FDA oversight of animal antibiotics (Dr. Jim McKean), plus offered updates on policies at the federal level (Dallas Hockman). Additionally, there was a special panel on Sow Housing Options that shares an overview of where the industry is today, in both research and production arenas.