Infection Chain Concept Dr. Edgar Diaz, Boehringer Ingelheim, aims to provide an informative presentation on the infection chain concept. One of the ideas Dr. Diaz recommends is the idea of "chain thinking": production chain, infection chain, and prevention chain.
PCV2 Infections, What Next? Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, takes a look at the nuances of PCV2 infection. Dr. Madson highlights the PCV2 strains and what outcomes can occur in sick pigs. Dr. Madson suggests that PCV2 infections can manifest as reproductive failure, or be subclinical fetal infection and vaccination strategy and timing is important to decrease PCV2 viremia within the breeding herd.
Chronology of a Cough Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting Limited, LLC, presents an approach to understanding coughing in pigs. Dr. Lowe walks through the process of what happens before the cough and what farm production staff tend to do in reaction to a cough. Take aways: What you see in late finishing is merely a reflection of what happened 6-10 months ago in the sow farm; and Vaccines are not the problem nor are they they solution, they are one tool of many that we need to employ.