Understand To Prepare Dr. Mark Engle, Senior Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health, shares background on the virus matrix exercise and how it is to help bring better industry preparedness on disease discovery. Each known swine virus is ranked on economic impact to domestic market, economic impact to exports, risk of introduction or reemergence in the US, and zoonotic capabilities. The end goal is use the matrix to help swine management, planning, and risk development.
What Else Is On Our Radar Screen? - Dr. Mark Engle, Senior Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Approaches to plant genetics applied to livestock? Dr. Jon Lightner highlights what has occurred in plant genetics over the last 20 years and what values / strategy changes have occurred. Dr. Lightner is working with PIC to help bring to the pork genetics similar approaches to increase growth and value to the whole ecosystem [video][PDF].
Dr. Paul Yeske of Swine Vet Center in MN took advantage of an interruption in a pig flow to see what impact downtime between farm visits has on the transmission of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), if any.
Understanding The Diagnostic Activities Dr. Rodger Main, Iowa State University, outlines what the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) group does and how it works on samples. Dr. Main details their findings on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) over time & geography, plus wraps up with information on testing equipment, PEDv reporting, and future of information tools for diseases.
Keeping Calm, Staying Healthy Dr. Adam Moeser, North Carolina State University, suggests that a pathogen by itself is not enough for an animal to become sick. Dr. Moeser looks at stress as a major environmental factor to increasing the likelihood of an animal becoming sick. Dr. Moeser shares info on how early life intestinal stress plays a part in the development of intestinal epithelial and immune functions in the pig.
How Does PEDv Move? Dr. Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota, share research updates on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) transmission. Dr. Morrison highlights the Lateral Spread Study and specific risk factors for PEDv. Dr. Morrison closes with an outline of future PEDv projects that would look at duration of immunity in gilts, effectiveness of vaccination, and impact of PEDv in growing pigs.