Understanding The Diagnostic Activities Dr. Rodger Main, Iowa State University, outlines what the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) group does and how it works on samples. Dr. Main details their findings on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) over time & geography, plus wraps up with information on testing equipment, PEDv reporting, and future of information tools for diseases.
Dollar Views On Pork Future Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, points out that more corn and soybeans will have been raised in 2014 than ever before. This translates into lowest feed prices, the ethanol gravy train is over, and and high revenues for pork. Regardless of PEDv development, he expects rapid growth (3-4%) in 2015.
Keeping Calm, Staying Healthy Dr. Adam Moeser, North Carolina State University, suggests that a pathogen by itself is not enough for an animal to become sick. Dr. Moeser looks at stress as a major environmental factor to increasing the likelihood of an animal becoming sick. Dr. Moeser shares info on how early life intestinal stress plays a part in the development of intestinal epithelial and immune functions in the pig.
How Does PEDv Move? Dr. Bob Morrison, University of Minnesota, share research updates on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) transmission. Dr. Morrison highlights the Lateral Spread Study and specific risk factors for PEDv. Dr. Morrison closes with an outline of future PEDv projects that would look at duration of immunity in gilts, effectiveness of vaccination, and impact of PEDv in growing pigs.
Gaining Value From PEDv Dr. Dale Polson, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, looks at Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) as a systemic disease and what the data points are telling the swine industry. Dr. Polson recommends that PEDv is a signal that there needs to be broader, connected, and grassroots area coordinated disease control.