Evolution of Biosurveillance Drs. Jeff Zimmerman & Rodger Main, Iowa State University, look at the evolution of biosurveillance. Drs. Zimmerman & Main both state there needs to be data to help support multiple types of surveillance. Today the swine ecosystem has an unprecedented opportunity to create effective surveillance systems [video].
Designing PRRSV Vaccines for Heterologous Protection Dr. X.J. Meng, VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, looks at designing Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSv) vaccine for heterologous protection. Dr. Meng states that PRRS remains a major problem to the global swine industry. Dr. Meng also mentions there is an emergence of new and more virulent PRRSv strains, like “porcine high fever disease” caused by a highly pathogenic PRRSv. A conclusion from developing a PRRSv vaccine: DNA shuffling offers an opportunity for rational design of PRRSv MLV vaccines that confer heterologous protection [video].
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].