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2017 World Pork Expo

2017 World Pork Expo2017 World Pork Expo, June 7 - 9, 2017, Des Moines, IA, USA. From the PORK Academy were several presentations on the Pork Quality Initiative (What Ever Happened To Old Fashioned Taste And Tenderness? and Understanding Color, Ph, and Marbling) and how social media is used on pork farms (Social Media in Pork Production). Additional presentations shared the environmentals and economics of swine.

What Does The Weather Look Like In 2017?

Weather Outlook 2017 & BeyondWeather Outlook 2017 & Beyond Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, provides an update on what the weather will be like through 2017. Dr. Taylor enforces the idea of assigning real values to risk and understanding what they mean. Dr. Taylor discusses some of the key areas on Earth that impact corn and soybean and what to watch for. [video].

How Are We Doing With The Veterinary Feed Directive?

Veterinary Feed Directive - PORK AcademyVeterinary Feed Directive - PORK Academy Dr. Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University, digs into what swine operations and veterinarians have learned about the Veterinary Feed Directive's implementation since January 2017. Dr. Rademacher walks through several key findings and aims to address many questions from the audience. Dr. Rademacher shares data from GlobalVetLINK that highlight some of the areas VFD compliance and activity have been focused on [video].

Snapshot of U.S. Exports & International Trade

U.S. Exports & International Trade - PORK AcademyU.S. Exports & International Trade - PORK Academy Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University, walks through a detailed analysis of the global pork trade and how China is changing to meet their pork supply needs. Dr. Hayes' take aways: "China is driving world pork markets and will do so for at least 18 months." and "Unless new subsidies are introduced in China, imports should continue to grow. New subsidies will happen if China becomes concerned about a trade war." [video].

What Are Key Sow Housing Tools Available?

Walking Through Sow Housing and Tools Available - PORK AcademyWalking Through Sow Housing and Tools Available - PORK Academy Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, shares how sow housing has changed over the last 20 years. Dr. Safranski looks at some of the parameters that define sow housing today and the movements toward group sow housing. Dr. Safranski closes with the subject of sow housing feeding systems and how to troubleshoot them. [video].

Sustaining The Secure Pork Supply Implementation

Secure Pork Supply Implementation - PORK AcademySecure Pork Supply Implementation - PORK Academy Dr. Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University, and Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board, share an update on the Secure Pork Supply Plan. Dr. Zaabel outlines the current state of the plan and the details it contains. Dr. Zaabel also steps through a basic scenario of what happens when a foreign animal disease incident happens in the USA, actions that will occur, and impacts to farm operations [video].

What Ever Happened To Old Fashioned Taste And Tenderness?

Pork Quality Initiative - What Ever Happened To Old Fashioned Taste And Tenderness? - PORK AcademyPork Quality Initiative - What Ever Happened To Old Fashioned Taste And Tenderness? - PORK Academy Everett L. Forkner, Owner and President of Forkner Farms Inc., opens his presentation with "What ever happened to old fashioned taste and tenderness?" Mr. Forkner talks about the changes in how pork quality has changed over the years and what efforts are underway to help the consumer connect with the value pork [video].

Learn More About The Infection/Prevention Chain

Introducing Infection/Prevention Chain™Introducing Infection/Prevention Chain™ Dr. Eduardo Fano, Tech Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim, shares and introduction to Infection/Prevention Chain™ to help swine operation staff and animal health professionals know about the approach. Dr. Fano says everything is connected and that mapping the processes will help teams know where the infection points exist. Take aways: The Infection/Prevention Chain concept is a tool for swine diseases management, using the whole herd approach, and it encourages systematic interventions [video].

Understanding Color, Ph, and Marbling

Pork Quality Initiative - Understanding Color, Ph, and Marbling - PORK AcademyPork Quality Initiative - Understanding Color, Ph, and Marbling - PORK Academy Jim Compart, Compart Family Farms, and Dr. Steve Larsen, National Pork Board, highlight the focus on pork quality for the consumer and what it means. Mr. Compart shares the background of how pork has been viewed in the past and the impacts of the early views that pork needed to be cooked to 160° F. Even though the temperature to cook pork is lower (145° F), families continue to follow the old approach. The National Pork Board aims to increase awareness about the lower temperature and resting time with focused consumer marketing. [video].

What Is Whole Herd Swine Disease Control?

Whole herd approach to swine disease controlWhole herd approach to swine disease control Dr. Brian Payne, Regional Health Director, Pipestone System's Bethany (Illinois) and Rensselaer (Indiana) locations, brings to the audience the "in the field" practice of swine health and the focus points swine farms concentrate on. Dr. Payne talks about aiming to prevent the infections through the infection chain concept: if farm operations can minimize through preventing the infection chain then there is a better chance of not needing medication. [video].
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