Swine Herd Health in Good Times and Bad Dr. Daryl Olsen, AMVC, LLC, shares how veterinarians can help pork farm operations with knowledge laced with experience. Dr. Olsen says pork production, for the most part, is a commodity business that has cycles that is now a highly international market. Dr. Olsen points out that input costs will fluctuate and operations people must plan for these changes. Dr. Olsen closes with key points focus on and to help farmers become better prepared for changes that will occur.
Trade War with Canada and Mexico? On June 17, the WTO will hold a meeting to hear formal requests from Mexico and Canada to retaliate against the United States because the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law does not comply with international trade rules. Retaliation means costly Mexican and Canadian tariffs imposed on many U.S. products that are significant to the U.S. economy.
Under WTO rules, retaliation could happen as soon as this summer. Those nations are seeking more than $3 billion annually in retaliation which, if implemented, would have disastrous consequences for U.S. jobs and exports [video].
Life Long Learning Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting Limited, shares an approach to veterinarian education from "cradle to grave". Dr. Lowe suggests we [swine ecosystem] are not training to deliver what is needed, but there is a better way forward at hand. Dr. Lowe is proposing that the future of veterinary care is building a path of life long learning to have facts that build "to understanding to application to creation, over a lifetime of a career." Building the culture of life long learning is key.
Doing what is right for the pig Dr. Angela Baysinger, Health Assurance Veterinarian at PIC, Dr. Baysinger shares background information on who is leading the charge on advancing and improving animal welfare. Dr. Baysinger says "We will do what is right for the Pig! No matter what the challenge!".
Review & Survey Evaluation Dr. Brian Lubbers, with support from Dr. Eric Moore, summarizes the NIAA antibiotic symposiums to date and details the outcomes of the past symposiums as it relates to moving forward with actions. Dr. Lubbers focuses on the post symposium survey results on previous attendees and outlines takeaways. Dr. Lubbers, based on survey take aways, says that the NIAA focus needs to make a connection with the regulatory groups, create antimicrobial 101 sessions, and to increase the marketing of the antimicrobial sessions so that other people in & outside of agriculture attend.