Disease Interventions: Are We Doing as Good as We Know? Dr. Kent Schwartz, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Iowa State University, shares thoughts on disease intervention and asking "Are we doing as good as we know?" Dr. Schwartz suggests that data is needed to help solve the mysteries that animal diseases present to diagnosticians. One of his closing thoughts "There are no magic bullets and very few secrets to produce healthy pigs." [video].
Swine Industry Expectations, Innovations & Transformations In this panel of swine experts, questions are discussed about handling disease emergencies at a national level, who are the trusted sources of information about the food supply, and the public perceptions of agriculture and how to respond.
Moderator Neil Dierks, CEO National Pork Producers Council, and panelists Dr. Tom Burkgren, Executive Director, American Association of Swine Veterinarians; Jan Hueber, General Manager and Co-Owner, Great Plains Management; and Bob Ruth, President, Country View Family Farms [video].
The Chaos of Vaccine Responses: The Importance of Tissue-Level Activity Dr. David Hurley, Department of Large Animal Medicine, University of Georgia, dives into the science and physiology of tissue level activity and using Chaos Theory (or Complexity Theory if you prefer) to understand vaccine responses. This presentation shares detailed illustrations that explain tissue level events (their duration and strength plus their diversity).
One key takeaway is vaccines are able to protect target tissues other than the vaccine site because once ordered and produced in effective quantity and for the right challenge, the products will enter all body tissues expressing damage and danger. [video].
Ceva U.S. Business Craig Wallace, CEO and North America Pacific Zone Director, Ceva Animal Health, highlight how Ceva is growing and developing the relationships with veterinarians and producers in the U.S. Craig's key message is to "provide value beyond the products." [video].
Ceva U.S. Swine Business Gary Robertson, Director, U.S. Swine Business Unit, Ceva Animal Health, provides an update on the planned swine product launch in the U.S. and how Ceva is committed to helping pork producers and their veterinarians [video].