The impact of PRRSV on feed efficiency, digestibility and tissue accretion in grow-finisher pigs - Dr. Nick Gabler, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, from the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 14-17, 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Farm Safety, Farm Readiness Farms use heavy equipment, large buildings, and moving parts. The weather can shift and people sometimes are not alert. Farm safety must be on every farmer's and rancher's mind. Being prepared is a must.
Advancing Agriculture Vance Publishing Corporation announced in September their inaugural 40 Under 40 in Agriculture Awards Finalists. Among the finalists are several people notable in the pork industry: Jean Paul Cano, DVM, Senior Associate Director of Swine Professional Services, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.; Chris Chinn, Farmer, Chinn Hog Farm; Joel DeRouchey, Extension Specialist, Kansas State University; Emily Meredith, Director of Communications, Animal Agriculture Alliance; Dr. Dale Woerner, Assistant Professor, Center for Meat Safety & Quality, Colorado State University; and Dr. Matt Ritter, Advisor, EKS, Swine Value-Added Services, Elanco Animal Health. Congratulations to everyone [article].
Keeping Productive Dr. Ken Stalder, Iowa State University, presents a productivity analysis of the pork industry using data from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Stalder identifies key types of swine production that are benchmarked from the data and highlights trends. This analysis is planned to be updated yearly with another year's worth of data and presented at key swine management meetings.
What is Rotovirus? Dr. Darin Madson provides an update on rotavirus: the pathogen; diagnostics; immunity and prevention. The rotavirus is everywhere and almost all farms will test positive, and is a major cause of diarrhea. The things that make this rotavirus challenging is that it is very resistant to environmental degradation plus it has it has the ability to easily swap genetic material with other viruses. This means there are several rotavirus classifications that can be diagnosed.
Chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board, Florian Possberg, discusses current Canadian Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) situation with Farmscape.ca's Bruce Cochrane and looks at the potential for addiitonal problems this winter.
Assistant Vice-President of Communications with the National Pork Board, Cindy Cunningham shared crisis planning tools with producers at the recent Carthage Swine Vet Service annual conference. I talked with her about the tools and what producers need to know to start their individualized planning process.
Reproductive Decision Tree Dr. Don Levis, Levis Worldwide Swine Consultancy, provides and update on the development of the National Swine Reproduction Guide. This web application guide, with the input from nearly 20 researchers at the major state agricultural universities, USDA-ARS and related businesses, will assist producers in finding solutions for reproduction issues on their farm. Dr. Levis highlights some of the guide's features and how it will operate.
Salmonella and Pigs Dr. Marcos Rostagno, Research Animal Scientist/Adjunct Faculty, USDA-ARS / Purdue University, provides an overview of salmonella and its role in pork production. Salmonella tends to be thought of as a food safety and public health issue. With agriculture being perceived by consumers as really food production, pork production practices will be seen in the light of food production too. Dr. Rostagno's take aways: Everyone has a critical role in the salmonella challenge: producers, processors, retailers, and consumers alike.
2013 Boehringer Ingelheim North Carolina Swine Health Seminar The 2013 Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) discovery process continues and a detailed update kicked off the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Carolina Swine Health Conference, featuring Iowa State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s Darin Madson. Also noted are the presentations on the Infection Chain Concept offered by Dr. Eduardo Fano. From the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.