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PEDv Taught Us Nothing About Biosecurity

PEDv taught us nothing about biosecurityRisk vs. Action Equation Changed Dr. Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, shares what Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has taught us about our beliefs and how it connects with reality. He poses the question if biosecurity is an art or a science. And he asks how ‘leaky’ is national biosecurity? His take away: PEDv taught us nothing about biosecurity because we already knew the actions to take. But what PEDv has done is change the equation of risk vs action.

Heat and Stress, Bad Economics

Impact of In Utero Heat Stress on Subsequent Growth, Composition and ReproductionReducing the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, quantifies heat stress for pork operations as costing $300 million (US) annually. Some farm operations are hit hard by heat stress, seasonally more expensive for some than PRRS. Dr. Safranski aims to raise the level of understanding of heat stress so more operations know how to handle it.

How Can DDGs Be Included?

Feeding Strategies for Dried Distillers Grain with Solubles with Immunologically Castrated Pigs-Considerations for Producers and PackersBuilding Up Feed and Nutrition Strtegies Dr. Erin Harris, University of Minnesota, provides insights on using dried distiller's grain (DDG). Dr. Harris outlines some of the effects DDGs create within boars and what farm operations can do to adjust.

The Public's View Of Farms In Action

Agritourism - A Great Opportunity to Share a Positive Farming Message with the PublicWhat do consumers look for when they buy pork? Agritourism is a great opportunity to share a positive farming message with the public. Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, and Jarrod Sutton outline the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure and Dairy operations and its connection to the consumer public.

Nine Billion People Need To Eat

Dr. Nate Hagens - Feeding the World in the 21st Century- A Wide Boundary PerspectiveFeeding the World - Wide Boundary Perspective Dr. Nate Hagens, University of Minnesota, believes how people view these three lenses ( Energy, Environment, and Human Behavior) are going to shape the world in the years leading up to when the population grows to 9 billion people. Take away: 1) Money is a marker for energy and natural resources. In the long run energy is what we have to budget and spend! 2) We need technology… But not new gadgets.

What Is Forward With PEDv?

Steps Forward - Emerging DiseasesStepping Through Emerging Diseases Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, summarizes the the NPPC Pork Forum Resolution into the three core components of the disease matrix, emerging disease response, and strengthening the borders. Much hard work has gone into developing the response plan to and planning for the next diseases. The new response plan includes identifying who is responsible and what needs to occur.

Disease Matrix Helps Planning

What Else Is On Our Radar Screen? Animal DiseaseUnderstand To Prepare Dr. Mark Engle, Senior Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health, shares background on the virus matrix exercise and how it is to help bring better industry preparedness on disease discovery. Each known swine virus is ranked on economic impact to domestic market, economic impact to exports, risk of introduction or reemergence in the US, and zoonotic capabilities. The end goal is use the matrix to help swine management, planning, and risk development.

Coronaviruses From Around The World

Dr. Dick Hesse - Recent Emergence of Swine Coronaviruses in North AmericaWhat Is Theirs May Become What Is Ours Dr. Dick Hesse, K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, looks at the recent emergence of swine coronaviruses, from a virologist’s perspective. Dr. Hesse looks at several coronaviruses from across the world and what they are characteristically doing. Dr. Hesse says "What is theirs will be ours", taking aim at the fact that viruses are global and do not know about political boarders. Surveillance needs to be developed and include pathway analysis.

How Does PEDv Spread?

Dr. Andres Perez - Spatial Epidemiology of PED VirusSpatial Approach To Understanding PEDv Dr. Andres Perez, University of Minnesota, Associate Professor, aims to use mapping (spatial and temporal) to help better understand porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and how it might spread. Dr. Perez shows there were areas and times at highest risk for disease and that disease spread on specific directions.

What is Your Diagnostician Value?

What is Your Diagnostician Value?Being a Better Diagnostician Dr. Marie Culhane talks about diagnostics and the costs associated with veterinary services. She outlines several steps to increase the value of your diagnostics and your value as a diagnostician.
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