PEDv Research & Diagnostics Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, talks about how veterinary diagnostic labs seek and find Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Madson offers the science details on PEDv and what characteristics the virus contains. Dr. Madson closes with approaches to research on PEDv treatments.
Foaming Research Update Drs. Steve Hoff, Andersen, and Kerr share research on manure pit foaming and what operations need to keep an eye on. Their research aims to find and correct the mechanisms of foaming so the risks to operations staff and animals is minimized. They offer some key finding on what might be related to causing manure to foam and what can practically be done to reduce the effect.
Pulsing the Positives Erin Brenneman, Washington County, Iowa, Pork Producer, tells how she uses social media with the purpose of sharing agriculture. Erin, a city girl, married a pork farmer from Iowa. She uses her city background and the myths that city people have about farm people to point out they are not all true and points out what really happens on farms. Her challenge to farmers: Farmers will not win trust with just 10 strong voices - it is going to have to take a lot more: Open up and express your passion!
Understanding This PED Virus in Practice Dr. Matt Anderson, Suidae Health and Production, shares his veterinarian practice experience in dealing with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Anderson points out that PEDv tested the assumptions of how to handle animal diseases and what protocols were and were not in place. He concludes with the message to prodders that trucks need to be clean, clean, clean. And he suggests there needs to be thought in to how international trade is protected from future outbreaks of animal diseases.
Understand The Protein Trends Nancy Kruse, President, The Kruse Company, provides insight into consumer views on food and protein. She covers the trends she is tracking, what they mean for consumers and protein producers, and issues that are driving behavior. Key take aways: there are trends that the pork industry must take advantage of in order to have pork continue to be on the plate.