Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus Resistant Pigs One specific swine disease, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSv), is costing North American and European swine producers $6 million dollars a day (US). Besides being an economic issues, PRRSv is an animal welfare issue. Dr. Randy Prather, University of Missouri, shares new swine genetics research he's involved, in focused on identifying the genes that allows for pigs to be resistant to PRRSv [video][slides].
Driving Sow Efficiency: Understanding what matters What are some of the driving sow efficiency control points? Dr. Jim Lowe, University of Illinois, walks through efficiency (margin per pound) to help understand the key points, business issues, and what to keep in mind in the future. Dr. Lowe offers several points for feed efficiency, sow efficiency, optimizing farm labor, and gilt management. Dr. Lowe emphasizes it is important to critically look at processes and understand why they are being done and ask if those processes help produce pigs [video].
Controlling Disease: It's not about the bugs When you are trying to control diseases, it is not about the bug. Dr. Jim Lowe, University of Illinois, says infectious disease is a signal, not the problem. Dr. Lowe says you need to look at diseases from the animal's point of view, not the bug's point of view. Dr. Lowe offers control strategies for pigs to help control diseases. Key message: monitoring is a must. [video].
2015 NIAA Antibiotic Symposium Opening Comments Dr. Chris Braden, Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases; National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), introduces symposium attendees and what to expect during the event [video].
Human Health Viewpoint On Antibiotics Dr. Robert Tauxe, Deputy Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gives a public human health perspective about antibiotics in medicine. Dr. Tauxe summarizes the current disease threat and trends in resistance [video].