Opportunities on Biosecurity in Brazil Dr. Fabio Vannucci, Microvet, provides an update on Brazilian pork and how they are adapting to handle porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Vannucci also shares the other swine disease challenges and what investments are being made to protect herds.
Risk vs. Action Equation Changed Dr. Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, shares what Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has taught us about our beliefs and how it connects with reality. He poses the question if biosecurity is an art or a science. And he asks how ‘leaky’ is national biosecurity? His take away: PEDv taught us nothing about biosecurity because we already knew the actions to take. But what PEDv has done is change the equation of risk vs action.
Reducing the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, quantifies heat stress for pork operations as costing $300 million (US) annually. Some farm operations are hit hard by heat stress, seasonally more expensive for some than PRRS. Dr. Safranski aims to raise the level of understanding of heat stress so more operations know how to handle it.
Building Up Feed and Nutrition Strtegies Dr. Erin Harris, University of Minnesota, provides insights on using dried distiller's grain (DDG). Dr. Harris outlines some of the effects DDGs create within boars and what farm operations can do to adjust.
Disease Severity And Impacts Dr. Matthew Turner, Prestage Farms, and the 2014 AASV Swine Practitioner Of The Year, shares information on how Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex (PRDC) affects swine production operations. His take away: Each animal disease outbreak offers lessons to learn and apply to operation and management practices, so as to be ready for the next one.