In this ATM Case Study, the Morrison Group discusses the Seneca Valley Virus. The group is joined by Dr. Daniel Linhares (Iowa State University), Dr. Fabio Vannucci (University of Minnesota) and Dr. Chris Rademacher (Iowa State University) to discuss Seneca Valley Virus' recent South and North American diagnoses, how to properly diagnose, the clinical impact of the virus and management strategies.
Finding Infected Pigs Dr. Jessica Seate introduces a new quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) test for the bacteria Lawsonia intracellularis, which can be used to test and identify the bacterial concentration levels of Lawsonia in a sample. Using this information can help swine barn management and staff identify sick pigs and at what level of sickness they are, so as to provide the proper treatment effectively.
Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture The 2015 NIAA Annual Conference: Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA, brought out conversations around the issues of water, the perceptions of agriculture by media, and what agriculture groups need to think about in their conversations with consumers, the public, and media.
Dr. Butch Baker, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, shares the results of research on trucks used to haul pigs and how their cleaning protocols impact the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Baker's key messages: Truck washing facilities need to be prepared to support stricter protocols: the payoff is a reduction of herd infections [video].
Dr. Jay Famiglietti, Associate Professor at University of California, Irvine and Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shares data and analysis of the issues of water, with a focus on the current water problems in California. Key message: "Take ownership [of water conversations], clearly articulate the issues, and become industry leaders and stewards" [video].
USDA Update on Implementation of Animal Disease Traceability - Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Program Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, USDA APHIS VS; Dr. Jack Shere, DVM, PhD, Associate Deputy Administrator, APHIS Veterinary Services, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
An Industry Driven Solution to Implement Animal Disease Traceability in the Pork Industry - Dr. Patrick Webb, DVM, Director of Swine Health Programs at National Pork Board, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
Importance of Timely Euthanasia and the Impacts on Caretakers - Dr. Jan Shearer, DVM, Professor and Dairy Extension Veterinary Specialist at Iowa State University, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
Have You Reviewed PEDV With Your Team? Dr. Paul Thomas, AMVC, provides a review of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), specifically PEDV characteristics, introduction and spread in the US, impacts of PEDV, and controlling PEDV. Dr. Thomas details several of the key actions operations should take to prevent the spread of PEDV, focusing on cleanliness, sanitation, and strong biosecurity protocols. Key take away: transportation cleanliness is one area that is a must for all operations.