Pork Trade Update Maria Zieba, Manager of International Affairs with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), shares background on the activities where the NPPC actively participated to represent US pork interests. Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL), Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), West Coast Ports Slowdown, and foreign pork bans are just a few of these NPPC is working on. Ms. Zieba closes with 2016 and 2017 issues that are on the radar and what pork producers need to know for their planning [video].
PRRS & PEDV Control Proposal: Open Forum Dr. David Wright, Wright Veterinary Services, and Dr. Bill Hartmann, Minnesota Board of Animal Health, share thoughts on a proposal to improve the value of Minnesota PRRS & PED control. Drs. Wright and Hartmann walk though the progress of current MN PRRS elimination projects and outline what is next to resolve problems around current epidemic thresholds of new PRRS incident cases [video].
Antibiotics: What do the new regulations mean to the Producer? Dr. Laura Bruner, Swine Vet Center, provides a vet perspective on new regulations and their meaning to the producers. Dr. Bruner walks through the practical steps on how the veterinary feed directive will change operational activities. Key messages: more communication with veterinarians and nutritionists will occur and accurate documentation plus record keeping on the medications being used in specific formats is a must. Plan and practice for these changes now [video].
The Future of Antibiotic Use In the panel titled "The Future of Antibiotic Use" Dr. Paul Ruen, Dr. Laura Bruner, and Dr. Peter Davies take on questions on what the veterinary feed directives will do to pork farm operations. On of the key panel question centered around collecting data to better understand the impacts of the regulations. Key take aways include: collaboration across all species is important to help improve animal health, meet consumer expectations, and protect people from further antibiotic resistance health issues [video].