Swine Production Infection Chain Dr. David Baumert, Swine Practitioner, talks about the infection chain concept as it relates to Mycoplasma hyopneumonia (Mhp). The infection chain concept is the movement of infectious disease agents from breeding herds to the offspring production flows (with resulting production losses up to and including the market swine phase). Dr. Baumert closes with note that control of 'Infection Chain Disease' at the gilt source level can control significant economic loss throughout the production chain.
What The Weather Holds Dr. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, shares his view on what the weather will hold. The weather affects everyone, if they produce grain or are buying grain. These past years the weather has been widely varied: Snow a foot deep on one day to 101F° two days later is an example.
Dr. Taylor advocates that risk management is key; risk has numbers and "we can manage anything with numbers". Dr. Taylor's summary: Hurricane season expected to be active; Drought likely to persist/expand in West; Temperature (High &/or Low) significant; and Climate will likely be increasingly erratic (25 year interval).
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Infection Chain Dr. Eduardo Fano, Swine Technical Manager Americas, Boehringer Ingelheim, details the mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infection chain and what approaches to understanding it have been studied. Dr. Fano shares data from a series of correlation studies and looks at understanding the whole herd infection of the disease.
Ag-Gag: Good or Bad? Many states are aiming to put in place "ag-gag" laws to stop undercover filming on farms and ranches. What is an "Ag Gag" law and how does it impact farmers, ranchers, and the public? This AgChat conversation looks at the issues. Are you in a state with Ag-Gag laws?
PEDV Has Been Found, Now What? Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) information flowing from the World Pork Expo continues to evolve. The National Pork Producers Council, National Pork Board, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the USDA are working to help collect data, understand the risks, educate all parties, and put in place actions to contain and eliminate PEDV. [Photo CDC]