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].
Bruce Cochrane of Farmscape.ca reports new swine buildings in Manitoba will be required to meet or exceed environmental safety standards typical of anaerobic digesters. He talks with Tracey Braun, the director of environmental approvals with Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.
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.
Gathering Antimicrobial Use Data in Animals Dr. Craig A. Lewis, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, talks about whys of data collections in antibiotic use and provides details on the USDA strategy moving forward on antimicrobial use within agriculture. Dr. Lewis shares background on some of the initiatives for agriculture antimicrobial use and what some of the data collection issues are. Dr. Lewis also highlights the connections of agriculture, food, and the regulatory groups that are involved, like the FDA and USDA.
The Need for Data Dr. Larry Granger, DVM, Senior Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, outlines the USDA interest in the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report. The USDA brought together many stakeholders to have the conversations around antimicrobial resistance and what options there are for the future of agriculture. Questions aiming to be addressed: How does the reduction of antimicrobials impact the production of food and how does the actions of Antimicrobial reduction affect national security?
You Can't Manage What You Can't Measure Dr. Calvin Booker, Managing Partner at Feedlot Health Management Services, Ltd., shares perspectives on antibiotics, antimicrobials, and resistance by practicing veterinarians. One of Dr. Booker's takeaway is the importance of understanding the impact of feedlot antimicrobial use and resistance so that developing a sustainable plan for using antimicrobials in feedlot production can be accomplished.
2014 Antibiotic Symposium Review & Survey Evaluation - Dr. Eric Moore with the Agriculture Perspective and Dr. Brian Lubbers with the Public Health Perspective, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
FDA Perspective on Gathering Antimicrobial Use Data in Animals - Dr. Craig A. Lewis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, VMO, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, from the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference titled Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA.