Economics Considerations of Swine Diseases Dr. James Kober looks at sick pigs testing and surveillance testing from an economic point of view. Dr. Kober starts by asking "How much is the right amount to spend on diagnostics and / or surveillance?". He then looks at the factors that are used to help answer the economic questions. Key take away: size of operation will influence the approach. Additionally, focus of operation's goal will impact approach.
Illness Costs In Naïve Swine Population Dr. Tom Gillespie uses mycoplasma infection in an economic presentation to help managers, staff, and veterinarians understand the costs diagnostic and treatment options of sick pigs. Costs will vary depending on pathogens associated with the outbreak and variables included. Dr. Gillespie asks "How can you start to apply costs in your monitoring approaches?"
Swine Disease Diagnostics and Economics Considerations - Dr. James Kober, Swine Veterinary Services of MI, LLC/Partner-4 Star Veterinary Services, LLC, from the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 14-17, 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
PEDV As A Test Dr. Tim Snider boldly points out that PEDV is a warning shot for national biosecurity and foreign animal disease preparedness and response. He shares this presentations as a way to spur people to awareness. That PEDV has occurred is actually a good test for businesses to review and update their business continuity plans. Dr. Snider highlights some of the experiences people have had with communication with PEDV.
Feeding Pigs According to Health Dr. Don Giesting looks at the pig neonatal transition period from a liquid to dry diet; going from mother's milk to eating on their own. He presents information on what production staff can do to optimize performance of the pigs. His key take away: We need better models of gut immunity, microbial status, management effects & opportunities to improve these. Additionally, the industry needs to create better targeted delivery of additives and nutrient precursors to key areas of the gut.
Nutrients For PRRSv Pigs In this National Pork Board research, grow-finisher pigs are looked at to better understand how to feed sick pigs. The aim of the research was look at how immune challenges alter feed intake and digestibility and if sick pigs have altered nutrient requirements.
Unhealthy Pigs Still Need Feed Dr. Mark FitzSimmons takes a look at how barn managers look at pigs in the barn to be marked for the truck. He presents information on how feeding an nutrition changes according to the health of the pig. What is needed to feed unhealthy pigs to sustain the growth rate?