Understanding This PED Virus in Practice Dr. Matt Anderson, Suidae Health and Production, shares his veterinarian practice experience in dealing with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Anderson points out that PEDv tested the assumptions of how to handle animal diseases and what protocols were and were not in place. He concludes with the message to prodders that trucks need to be clean, clean, clean. And he suggests there needs to be thought in to how international trade is protected from future outbreaks of animal diseases.
Understand The Protein Trends Nancy Kruse, President, The Kruse Company, provides insight into consumer views on food and protein. She covers the trends she is tracking, what they mean for consumers and protein producers, and issues that are driving behavior. Key take aways: there are trends that the pork industry must take advantage of in order to have pork continue to be on the plate.
Shifting Protein Demand and Consumer Trends Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, outlines the pork economic data and trends. Some of the key issues include shifts meat demand, expansion in all protein arenas, PEDv recovery is happening, and corn supply is vastly improved. Dr. Meyer concludes with some risks to monitor: Export disruption, weakening demand, and dietary guidelines being pressured to change.
PEDv and Feed, There Is A Link Dr. Scott Dee, DVM PhD, Director of Research, Pipestone Veterinary Services, reviews the risk factors of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Dee closes with the research that shows the risk of feed as a vehicle for PEDv introduction into a farm is real.
Past PRRS ARC Actions Help Us Learn For Future Dr. Joe Connor, Carthage Vet Service, shares historical perspectives of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) and the area regional control (ARC) lessons learned to date. Dr. Connor concludes with some suggestions on directions veterinarians, farm staff & management, and related industry partners should take: communicate more; continue to build out information and data resources to help detect, monitor, and act; and be vigilant on biosecurity.