Unhealthy Pigs Still Need Feed Dr. Mark FitzSimmons takes a look at how barn managers look at pigs in the barn to be marked for the truck. He presents information on how feeding an nutrition changes according to the health of the pig. What is needed to feed unhealthy pigs to sustain the growth rate?
Advancing Agriculture Vance Publishing Corporation announced in September their inaugural 40 Under 40 in Agriculture Awards Finalists. Among the finalists are several people notable in the pork industry: Jean Paul Cano, DVM, Senior Associate Director of Swine Professional Services, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.; Chris Chinn, Farmer, Chinn Hog Farm; Joel DeRouchey, Extension Specialist, Kansas State University; Emily Meredith, Director of Communications, Animal Agriculture Alliance; Dr. Dale Woerner, Assistant Professor, Center for Meat Safety & Quality, Colorado State University; and Dr. Matt Ritter, Advisor, EKS, Swine Value-Added Services, Elanco Animal Health. Congratulations to everyone [article].
What is Rotovirus? Dr. Darin Madson provides an update on rotavirus: the pathogen; diagnostics; immunity and prevention. The rotavirus is everywhere and almost all farms will test positive, and is a major cause of diarrhea. The things that make this rotavirus challenging is that it is very resistant to environmental degradation plus it has it has the ability to easily swap genetic material with other viruses. This means there are several rotavirus classifications that can be diagnosed.
Salmonella and Pigs Dr. Marcos Rostagno, Research Animal Scientist/Adjunct Faculty, USDA-ARS / Purdue University, provides an overview of salmonella and its role in pork production. Salmonella tends to be thought of as a food safety and public health issue. With agriculture being perceived by consumers as really food production, pork production practices will be seen in the light of food production too. Dr. Rostagno's take aways: Everyone has a critical role in the salmonella challenge: producers, processors, retailers, and consumers alike.
Piglet Approach to System Approach Dr. Eduardo Fano presents an overview on the ideas around "where to target for improved disease management". Dr. Fano suggests that the approach to minimizing exposure and maximizing immunity requires putting in place a systematic approach called "Infection Chain/Prevention Management".