Shifting Protein Demand and Consumer Trends Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, outlines the pork economic data and trends. Some of the key issues include shifts meat demand, expansion in all protein arenas, PEDv recovery is happening, and corn supply is vastly improved. Dr. Meyer concludes with some risks to monitor: Export disruption, weakening demand, and dietary guidelines being pressured to change.
PEDv and Feed, There Is A Link Dr. Scott Dee, DVM PhD, Director of Research, Pipestone Veterinary Services, reviews the risk factors of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Dee closes with the research that shows the risk of feed as a vehicle for PEDv introduction into a farm is real.
Past PRRS ARC Actions Help Us Learn For Future Dr. Joe Connor, Carthage Vet Service, shares historical perspectives of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) and the area regional control (ARC) lessons learned to date. Dr. Connor concludes with some suggestions on directions veterinarians, farm staff & management, and related industry partners should take: communicate more; continue to build out information and data resources to help detect, monitor, and act; and be vigilant on biosecurity.
Building Global Solutions Dr. Tom Chiller, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opens his presentation with a quote from Dr. Tom Friedan, CDC Director, that brings focus to antimicrobial resistance: “We are all connected by the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.” Dr. Chiller emphasizes that antimicrobial resistance is a global problem and needs global solutions. These solutions need continual communication, consistent monitoring and reporting, and response teams to take action.
Companion Animals Use Antibiotics Too Dr. Jeff Bender, Chair for the AVMA Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in companion Animal Practice, provides an overview of antimicrobial resistance in companion animals and what kinds of stewardship approaches are being implemented. Dr. Bender suggests that clinicians need to be aware and encourage good antimicrobial stewardship practices.