SwineCast Industry

What Are New PRRS Vaccine Research Findings?

Interferon-Alpha Responses Following PRRS Vaccination and ChallengePRRS Vaccine Research Dr. Jay Calvert, Zoetis, present data on interferon-alpha responses following a porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome (PRRS) vaccination. Dr. Calvert shares that vaccination of suckling pigs as early as one day old can result in vaccine replication and induction of moderate amount of interferon-alpha.

What is Your Big Data and Pork Plan?

Benchmark Analysis of Production and Financial Measures Across Nursery, Finishing and Wean-to-Finish Closeouts in North AmericaThis Pig Has Data Dr. Tom Stein, Executive Chairman at MetaFarms, Inc., shares how swine farms and systems are benchmarked for nursery, finishing and wean to finish close out information.

In helping present the information on about 14 million pigs, Dr. Stein suggests that operations accept variation and manage for it. Also, he suggests that the frontier of managing operations is dealing with space, flow and weight and recommends operations teams think prediction factors vs risk factors.

Can You Stop Swine Influenza in Your Pork Operation?

Swine Influenza: Understanding the Current State, Future Impact and What Producers Can Do To Reduce Their RiskPreparing Your Team for Infleuza Dr. Montserrat Torremorell, Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, provides an update on the current state of swine influenza and what the future might hold. Dr. Torremorell also provides direction on what producers can do to reduce their risk.

PRRS Today and Tomorrow

PRRS: Understanding the Current State, Future Impact and What Producers Can Do To Reduce Their RiskReady to Handle PRRS? Dr. David Wright, Voluntary Regional PRRS Elimination Project Coordinator in Minnesota, offers an update on the current Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) situation. Dr. Wright also shares an investigation into some of the opportunities in managing and controlling PRRS in the future.

What Are Perceptions and Realities of Antibiotics and Food?

Antibiotics and Food Safety: Perceptions vs. RealityConsumers & Farmers See Eye to Eye? Dr. Richard Raymond, Former Undersecretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers his thoughts on food, antibiotics, and consumer perceptions. He provides informational data points for pork producers to understand and how to use the information in consumer conversations.

Dr. Raymond does state that while, in last decade, foodbourne illnesses are down 29%, foodbourne illness media hits are up more than 150%. Media drives perception and pork producers need to understand how media works.

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