Do You Know What To Do? The Animal Disease Traceability Rule, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Veterinary Services final rule, is now in effect. However, understanding the details and knowing what information is required can be a bit complex. To help, GlobalVetLINK is providing a webinar on July 16, 2013 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT), titled Animal Disease Traceability Rule and ICVI Documentation that will help attendees understand what needs to be done. Valerie E. Ragan, DVM, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, will present [webinar is now published].
What The Weather Holds Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, shares his view on what the weather will hold. The weather affects everyone, if they produce grain or are buying grain. These past years the weather has been widely varied: Snow a foot deep on one day to 101F° two days later is an example.
Dr. Taylor advocates that risk management is key; risk has numbers and "we can manage anything with numbers". Dr. Taylor's summary: Hurricane season expected to be active; Drought likely to persist/expand in West; Temperature (High &/or Low) significant; and Climate will likely be increasingly erratic (25 year interval).
Which Way Is Up? Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, says key issues in coming months will be input and production costs; demand; output levels for 2013 and 2014; and prices and margins. He reminded people that in 2012 he said if it rains we have $4 corn and if it doesn't we have $8 corn - and that everyone heard the first part and nobody heard the second part. In summary Dr. Meyer says that corn belt rains have been good, now we need some warm dry days.
Group Sow Housing Designs Dr. Don Levis, Levis Worldwide Swine Consultancy, in this first of three sow housing presentations, provides descriptions of the major group sow housing systems, presents the factors involved with deciding which group-housing system to use, and sets the stage for the following presentations to examine retrofitting barns.