Swine Farm Preparing For Tomorrow Glenn Stolt, Christensen Farms CEO, and Jeff Rusch, Christensen Farms Vice President of Production, Health and Nutrition, walk through the pork operations of Christensen Farms and their extensions into retail food product creation. To get to where they are today, Christensen Farms grew through acquisition and hiring talent. Glenn and Jeff also review inflection points in the last 6 years, including the difficult times of the pork business and environment. Glenn and Jeff wrap up the conversation with their view of the future into 2020 [video].
Seneca Valley Virus - Field Experiences In Iowa Dr. Chris Rademacher, Senior Clinician - Swine Extension Veterinarian, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, talks at a practical level on what is being observed around Senecavirus A, or Seneca Valley Virus. Additionally, Dr. Rademacher shares ongoing research about the virus and what producers need to understand. Key take away: farm teams must continue to be vigilant to work up cases as Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) to continue to rule out vesicular diseases that are FAD [video].
Reducing Pathogen Transmission at the Feed Mill Dr. Laura Greiner, Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions, LLC, talks about reducing pathogen transmission at the feed mill. Dr. Greiner says that while biosecurity is top of mind on farm operations, it is not so much at the feed mill. Dr. Greiner shares research that helps support that strict biosecurity measures at the feed mill will help reduce the risk of disease transmission [video].
What Will Guidance 213 Mean To Producers For Antibiotic Use Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, says that while the rules for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Veterinary Feed Directive #213 are available, there are specifics that need clarity. Dr. Wagstrom provides some insight into the current thinking of the guidance document and what impacts pork producers, veterinarians, and others with in the business of pork need to understand. Dr. Wagstrom says implementation of the rule will require a collaborative effort and compliance guidance written by FDA will further clarify specific issues [video].
Driving Pig Performance in a Changing World of Antibiotic Usage Dr. Mike Eisenmenger, Swine Vet Center, P.A., talks about changes in antibiotic use and how pig performance needs to change. Today's pork operations aim to focus on reducing the need for antibiotics to control/treat infectious disease and focus on animal disease prevention. Dr. Eisenmenger concludes with an outline of how an ileitis vaccination program might operate in light of antibiotic reduction efforts [video].