2015 World Pork Expo, June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA. Other interests were able to surface above the past several years of PEDv: International Trade and Pork Quality sessions offered inside on how consumer are driving business. Also on the conversation channels: Antibiotics and new changes shared by the U.S. FDA.
Pork Academy One of the National Pork Board’s responsibilities is for Checkoff-funded research. The Pork Checkoff page of SwineCast highlights recent Checkoff-funded research that producers may find valuable on their farm.
Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Information and Research at National Pork Board, provides an update from the World Pork Expo on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), the antibiotics use discussion, and the new Swine Health Information Center (SHIC).
What Happens When Animal Diseases Shut Down Production? Dr. Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University, provides details on the Secure Pork Supply Plan, its tools, and information it uses. Of importance to producers is knowing how it works and what steps production staff will need to learn.
What are Changes in Antibiotic Regulation? The U.S. FDA released new information on the use of antibiotics and agriculture. Dr. Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board, and Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association Swine Veterinarians, break down the new changes and their implications. Dr. Koeman and Dr. Snelson also provide producers guidance points on what to do to prepare farms and staff.
Pre-AASV Seminar Series The 2015 Boehringer Ingelheim Pre-AASV Conference, February 27, 2015 - Orlando, FL, shared updates on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), animal welfare, and a comparison of EU and North American regulations. These presentations sought to bring swine veterinarians together for conversations and shared learning on the current state of pork business and its future.
Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting Limited, shares an approach to veterinarian education from "cradle to grave". Dr. Lowe suggests we [swine ecosystem] are not training to deliver what is needed, but there is a better way forward at hand. Dr. Lowe is proposing that the future of veterinary care is building a path of life long learning to have facts that build "to understanding to application to creation, over a lifetime of a career." Building the culture of life long learning is key [video].
Dr. Joe Connor, Carthage Veterinary Service, digs deep into the issues and challenges of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Connor tries to address the questions of what the swine world did correct, what went wrong, and what should be done in the future. Dr. Connor closes with several cautionary statements that swine people need to know. [video].