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].
A New Defense for the Industry Dr. Paul Sundberg outlines how the new Swine Health Information Center will operate and help producers better prepare for a national system for animal disease monitoring and control. With support from a variety of organizations, the Swine Health Information Center will provide more attention of diseases in grow-finish units, notify if something unusual is occurring, help with informative diagnostic lab submissions, and help change biosecurity to fit the needs [video].
Pig Welfare - Doing what is right for the pig. Where we are today and a glimpse of the path forward. - Dr. Angela Baysinger, Health Assurance Veterinarian at PIC, from the 2015 Pre-AASV Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, February 27, 2015, Orlando, FL, USA.
PEDv – What we did correct, what we did wrong and what we should do in the future. Reviewing actions taken in North America and Asia. - Dr. Joe Connor, Carthage Veterinary Service, from the 2015 Pre-AASV Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, February 27, 2015, Orlando, FL, USA.
Swine health presenters take on questions from the audience on health, policy, and future - Panel, from the 2015 Pre-AASV Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar, February 27, 2015, Orlando, FL, USA.
All About Pork The Pork Industry Forum, held March 5-7, 2015 in San Antonio, TX, gathered pork producers looking to gain insights on the Checkoff funded programs and the policy activities being pursued.
Dr. Paul Sundberg, Science & Technology, National Pork Board, suggests that PEDv was valuable in that it has spurred the US pork producers to prepare for the next animal disease. Dr. Sundberg also outlined the value of the Swine Health Information Center and the Center's next steps [video].
On the trade front, Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agriculture Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, gave details on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what it means to producers. "We won’t accept a deal for the sake of a deal, for us, the substance is what drives the timeline." says Ambassador Vetter [video].
Review & Survey Evaluation Dr. Brian Lubbers, with support from Dr. Eric Moore, summarizes the NIAA antibiotic symposiums to date and details the outcomes of the past symposiums as it relates to moving forward with actions. Dr. Lubbers focuses on the post symposium survey results on previous attendees and outlines takeaways. Dr. Lubbers, based on survey take aways, says that the NIAA focus needs to make a connection with the regulatory groups, create antimicrobial 101 sessions, and to increase the marketing of the antimicrobial sessions so that other people in & outside of agriculture attend.