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.
Research Supporting the Infection Chain in Improving Disease Management - Dr. Eduardo Fano, Swine Technical Manager of the Americas, Boehringer Ingelheim, from the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.
Variability in the Principal Determinants of Cost of Production for Pigs and the DDGS - Bacon Quality Dilemma - Dr. Dennis DiPietre, KnowledgeVentures, LLC, from the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.
Piglet Approach to System Approach Dr. Eduardo Fano presents an overview on the ideas around "where to target for improved disease management". Dr. Fano suggests that the approach to minimizing exposure and maximizing immunity requires putting in place a systematic approach called "Infection Chain/Prevention Management".