#SciComm: Science Communication Now Challenges

The #Scicomm: Challenge Facing Animal AgricultureThe #Scicomm: Challenge Facing Animal Agriculture Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, USA, shares how communication of science is not working between people in agriculture and those outside of agriculture. One of her key messages: facts are not compelling to the public. Dr. Van Eenennaam says it is critical that communication be tailored to the needs of a specific audience for there to be real change in how people connect to agriculture [video].

Keynote: Evolution And Change

Evolution And Change: Preparing For TomorrowSwine Farm Preparing For Tomorrow Glenn Stolt, Christensen Farms CEO, and Jeff Rusch, Christensen Farms Vice President of Production, Health and Nutrition, walk through the pork operations of Christensen Farms and their extensions into retail food product creation. To get to where they are today, Christensen Farms grew through acquisition and hiring talent. Glenn and Jeff also review inflection points in the last 6 years, including the difficult times of the pork business and environment. Glenn and Jeff wrap up the conversation with their view of the future into 2020 [video].

Understanding Seneca Valley Virus

Seneca Valley Virus - Field Experiences In IowaSeneca Valley Virus - Field Experiences In Iowa Dr. Chris Rademacher, Senior Clinician - Swine Extension Veterinarian, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, talks at a practical level on what is being observed around Senecavirus A, or Seneca Valley Virus. Additionally, Dr. Rademacher shares ongoing research about the virus and what producers need to understand. Key take away: farm teams must continue to be vigilant to work up cases as Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) to continue to rule out vesicular diseases that are FAD [video].

Feed Mills And Approaches To Pathogen Reduction

Reducing Pathogen Transmission at the Feed MillReducing Pathogen Transmission at the Feed Mill Dr. Laura Greiner, Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions, LLC, talks about reducing pathogen transmission at the feed mill. Dr. Greiner says that while biosecurity is top of mind on farm operations, it is not so much at the feed mill. Dr. Greiner shares research that helps support that strict biosecurity measures at the feed mill will help reduce the risk of disease transmission [video].

Changes For Swine Producers And Antibiotic Use

What Will Guidance 213 Mean To Producers For Antibiotic UseWhat Will Guidance 213 Mean To Producers For Antibiotic Use Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, says that while the rules for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Veterinary Feed Directive #213 are available, there are specifics that need clarity. Dr. Wagstrom provides some insight into the current thinking of the guidance document and what impacts pork producers, veterinarians, and others with in the business of pork need to understand. Dr. Wagstrom says implementation of the rule will require a collaborative effort and compliance guidance written by FDA will further clarify specific issues [video].

Swine Antibiotics And Future Changes

Driving Pig Performance in a Changing World of Antibiotic Usage, Boehringer Ingelheim Media DinnerDriving Pig Performance in a Changing World of Antibiotic Usage Dr. Mike Eisenmenger, Swine Vet Center, P.A., talks about changes in antibiotic use and how pig performance needs to change. Today's pork operations aim to focus on reducing the need for antibiotics to control/treat infectious disease and focus on animal disease prevention. Dr. Eisenmenger concludes with an outline of how an ileitis vaccination program might operate in light of antibiotic reduction efforts [video].

Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Costs Real Money

Cost Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae In Growing PigsCost Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Dr. Mark Schwartz presents research behind the cost of mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in growing pigs, using closeout data over about thee and a half years. His presentation focuses on the value of farm operations being "mycoplasma negative". One data point shared: There was an approximately $2.50 increased cost of production on mycoplasma hyopneumoniae positive pig flows over negative pig flows in the grow-finish phase [video].

An Unusual Swine Clinical Disease

Tremors, Down Pigs And Muscle Necrosis. An Unusual Clinical DiseaseTremors, Down Pigs And Muscle Necrosis Dr. Matt Sturos, University of Minnesota-Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shares information on ionophore diagnostics, how to collect samples, collect additional data, etc. Dr. Sturos provides additional information on the actions farm operations and management can take to diagnose their animals and adjust their processes [video].

How is Salmonella To Be Handled?

Salmonella Choleraesuis and Salmonella TyphimuriumWhat Are Approaches to Salmonella Choleraesuis and Salmonella Typhimurium? Dr. Greg Cline, Dr. John Kolb, and Mike Steilen all share information on Boehringer Ingelheim's Enterisol® Salmonella vaccine. Each provides a view on research, farm use, and marketing perspective [Dr. Greg Cline][Dr. John Kolb][Mike Steilen].

Is Brazil Pork Ready For PEDv?

Opportunities on Biosecurity in BrazilOpportunities on Biosecurity in Brazil Dr. Fabio Vannucci, Microvet, provides an update on Brazilian pork and how they are adapting to handle porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Vannucci also shares the other swine disease challenges and what investments are being made to protect herds.
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