2016 Missouri Pork Expo February 9-10, 2016, Columbia, Missouri, USA, highlighted focus on reaching out to 4-H and FFA swine exhibitors. Session included helping young exhibitors learn about reducing the risks of animal health issues, proper use of medication, and developing awareness on animal welfare programs..
2015 North American PRRS This annual conference featuring both research virologists and practitioners marked the release of the most important industry discovery in recent times. Dr. Randy Prather (University of Missouri) shared his findings on the genetic key to PRRS resistance [video][slides]. In addition, the "Genetics of Host Resistance to PRRS and PCV2" by Iowa State’s Dr. Jack Dekkers was widely discussed and can be viewed here [video].
Organizers also shared that while PRRS has been the focus for this international conference, future meetings will be expanded to include other industry disease issues such as PED and PCV2.
Water Regulations Update: Waters of the United States and Buffer Strips Warren Formo, Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Center, and Joe Smentek, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, share an overview on the Waters Of The US (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Formo and Mr. Smentek then offer recommendations for farmers and land owners to help them understand the WOTUS rule, how to get involved in the rule interpretation process, and what legislative, regulatory, and policy actions are expected in the future [video].
Pork Trade Update Maria Zieba, Manager of International Affairs with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), shares background on the activities where the NPPC actively participated to represent US pork interests. Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL), Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), West Coast Ports Slowdown, and foreign pork bans are just a few of these NPPC is working on. Ms. Zieba closes with 2016 and 2017 issues that are on the radar and what pork producers need to know for their planning [video].
Preparing for potential and emerging swine diseases: Swine Health Information Center Update - Dr. Paul Sundberg, Executive Director, Swine Health Information Center, from the 2016 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 18 - 20, 2016, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
2016 Minnesota Pork Congress January 18 - 20, 2016, Minneapolis, MN, USA, focused the challenging price environment causing producers to seek efficiency improvements and maximize productivity. There was also strong interest and well-attended presentations included the special panel on "The Future of Antibiotic Use".
2015 North American PRRS Symposium, December 4 - 5, 2015, Chicago, IL, USA, offers academia and industry information on research and solutions being developed to tackle PRRS and related swine illnesses.
Designing PRRSV Vaccines for Heterologous Protection Dr. X.J. Meng, VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, looks at designing Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSv) vaccine for heterologous protection. Dr. Meng states that PRRS remains a major problem to the global swine industry. Dr. Meng also mentions there is an emergence of new and more virulent PRRSv strains, like “porcine high fever disease” caused by a highly pathogenic PRRSv. A conclusion from developing a PRRSv vaccine: DNA shuffling offers an opportunity for rational design of PRRSv MLV vaccines that confer heterologous protection [video].