30 Years of PRRS

30 Years of PRRS: A Platform for Progress-Pijoan LectureA Platform for Progress - Pijoan Lecture Dr. Michael Rahe delivers the presentation by Dr. Michael Murtaugh for the Pijoan Lecture at the 2018 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. As a scientist Dr. Murtaugh approached understanding porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) using molecular biology and immunology, building on the idea of platforms for progress [video].

Trade in Pigs and Pork

Trade in Pigs and Pork: Challenges for an Exporting NationChallenges for an Exporting Nation Becca Martin, Cargill, shares how agricultural trade transforms products like pork, coffee, and peanut butter into opportunity to raise a high quality product for growing international markets. And it brings the opportunity for those products to be purchased in regions of the world where those products can't efficiently be produced [video].

Crossing Borders: Contaminated Feed and Food

Crossing Borders: Contaminated Feed and FoodCrossing Borders: Contaminated Feed and Food Dr. Scott Dee shares insights at the 2018 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference on how he found out more about animal diseases spreading through feed and getting into swine operations. He pulls together the background info into a story that highlights the clues and data that lead him to dig deeper into the possibility that feed is the vector [video].

Pathogens Travel In Food For Humans Too

Cool logic; solving a norovirus outbreak in a commercially-distributed foodCool Logic; Solving A Norovirus Outbreak In A Commercially-distributed Food Alida Sorenson shares how the connection of a human pathogen to food, combined with the ability to store food a long time and be traded globally, allow pathogens to go farther and impact more people. Using a case study of norovirus in ice-cream in Minnesota, Ms. Sorenson traces how the clues came together and what the response teams had to do to identify, contain, and eliminate the norovirus [video].

Feed and Swine Health

American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Response and PerspectivesAmerican Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Response and Perspectives Leah Wilkinson provides an American Feed Industry Association response and perspective on swine health as it relates to feed and feed ingredients [video].

Molecular Diagnostics in Swine Disease and Health Discovery

Molecular Diagnostics: Present and FutureMolecular Diagnostics: Present and Future Dr. Declan Schroeder, University of Minnesota, presents thoughts on how molecular biology is applied to swine research. Dr. Schroeder provides a series of details on the approaches to sequencing and understanding the DNA and RNA of pigs [video].

How African Swine Fever (ASF) Can Travel In Feed

Risk of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in feed and mitigation strategiesRisk of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus in feed and mitigation strategies Dr. Scott Dee, Pipestone Veterinary Services, shares his research on how diseases can be transmitted via feed and under what conditions this might happen [video].

USA Level Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness

African Swine Fever (ASF) awareness, prevention & response efforts at the national levelAfrican Swine Fever (ASF) awareness, prevention & response efforts at the national level Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board, details the African Swine Fever (ASF) awareness, prevention, and response efforts at the national (USA) level. Diligence, preparedness, and active monitoring is a must. Dr. Webb reminds that there are key foreign animal disease resources at the Pork.Org web site [video].

Large System Experience With African Swine Fever (ASF)

African Swine Fever (ASF) experiences in a large commercial systemAfrican Swine Fever (ASF) experiences in a large commercial system Dr. Gustavo Lopez, University of Minnesota, provides a first hand look at African Swine Fever (ASF) on a farm operated by Cherkizovo (pronounced "Chair-Kee-Zi-Vo") in Russia. Dr. Lopez outlines the detection process, what they missed, the actions they had to take, and the new biosecurity protocols implemented [video].

Global Threat From African Swine Fever

African Swine Fever – a real and present global threatAfrican Swine Fever – a real and present global threat Dr. Chris Oura (Professor of Veterinary Virology, School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago) explains what we know about the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus, what the associated clinical signs are, and the various paths of transmission. From the 2018 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-18, 2018, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA [video].

Defining "The Greater Good" For The Pork Industry

Keynote Address: Challenges in Defining Keynote Address: Challenges in Defining "The Greater Good": An Integrated Pork Producer’s Perspective Dr. Gary Louis and Dr. Luc Dufresne, Seaboard Foods, share how their conversations with Dr. Bob Morrison helped them understand a better approach to understanding PEDv. One one the key takeaways is the idea of sharing industry lessons learned with others for a company, pork, and societal good [video].

Case Studies from the Middle Kingdom, Or What Chinese Vets Think You Should Know

Case Studies from the Middle KingdomCase Studies from the Middle Kingdom Dr. Keith Erlandson, Director of Veterinary Services, Swine Lines, for the CP Group China, shares his perspective on What Chinese Vets Think You Should Know.

Dr. Erlandson shares his personal views of how pork production in China is evolving. Key takeaways: In China, hiring good employees is hard, building efficient systems for the good of the farm is difficult, and the study of production veterinary practice is not as well developed as in the USA [video].

Emerging Issues in Antibiotic Resistance Linked to Use in Food Animals

Emerging Issues in Antibiotic Resistance Linked to Use in Food AnimalsEmerging Issues in Antibiotic Resistance Linked to Use in Food Animals Dr. Peter Davies, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, reviews emerging issues in antibiotic resistance linked to use in food animals. Dr. Davies highlights work Environmental Antibiotic Resistome. Key take aways: 1) Increasing scrutiny of antibiotic use in food animals will not go away; 2) More ‘issue management’ in response to descriptive findings of AMR genes/bacteria in food animals and retail products; 3) Mostly without direct links to public health impact; 4) Proactive approaches to ensure customers and critics of 'appropriate uses'; and 5) Get on board the ‘antibiotic stewardship’ train [video].

Boehringer Ingelheim Science In Practice Reception

Science In Practice ReceptionScience In Practice Reception Boehringer Ingelheim remembered Dr. Bob Morrison in their pre-Allen D. Leman Conference Science In Practice Reception. Additionally, Dr. Bob Thompson, PIC, received the the Science in Practice Award [video].

Dr. Morrison As A Great Academic, Leader, Teacher, And Host

Tribute to Dr. Bob MorrisonTribute to Dr. Bob Morrison Dr. Trevor Ames and Dr. Gordon Spronk share their thoughts about Dr. Morrison, as a great academic, leader, teacher, and host [video].

What Are Some Applications of Next Generation Sequencing?

Applications of Next Generation SequencingApplications of Next Generation Sequencing Dr. Stephanie Rossow, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, talks about the applications of next generation sequencing. Dr. Rossow gets in the specifics of how next generation sequencing can help and what it can and can not do. Dr. Rossow offers some comments on setting expectations and goals before using this technology [video].

Can Next Generation Sequencing Work For Whole Genome Analysis of Pathogens?

Use of Next Generation Sequencing for Whole Genome Analysis of PathogensUse of Next Generation Sequencing for Whole Genome Analysis of Pathogens Dr. Douglas Marthaler, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, talks about the technologies behind metagenomic sequencing and what it means for laboratory use. Dr. Marthaler provides how laboratory workflow and technology are integrated, how costs are allocated, and what to do with the data that comes out of the metagenomic sequencing technology [video].

How Does Pathogen Discovery Using Metagenomic Sequencing Work?

Pathogen Discovery Using Metagenomic SequencingPathogen Discovery Using Metagenomic Sequencing Dr. Ben Hause, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, shares what metagenomic sequencing is and how it can be used to help identify swine health issues. Dr. Hause details several projects that have used metagenomic sequencing and what the outcomes were [video].

Managing Antimicrobial Use

Hanson Lecture: Changes in Antimicrobial Use - PractitionerHanson Lecture: Changes in Antimicrobial Use - Practitioner Dr. Paul Ruen, Fairmont Veterinary Clinic, LLP, delivers the Hansen Lecture on the topic of managing antimicrobial use. Dr. Ruen reviews the Veterinary Feed Directive as it stands today and what strategies practitioners need to consider going into 2017 and beyond [video].

Growing A Diversified Business In Agriculture And Food

Growth Of A Pig Production Business: Consumer Challenges, Strategy, and OpportunitiesGrowth Of A Pig Production Business: Consumer Challenges, Strategy, and Opportunities Dr. Bradley Wolter, President, Dr. Aaron Gaines, VP, of Technology & Support Operation, and Julie Berling, Senior Director, Strategic Insights and Communications, The Maschhoffs, bring thoughts on developing a pork business in the light of consumer challenges, changes in strategy, and staying true to a core set of beliefs and values [video].

#SciComm: Science Communication Now Challenges

The #Scicomm: Challenge Facing Animal AgricultureThe #Scicomm: Challenge Facing Animal Agriculture Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, USA, shares how communication of science is not working between people in agriculture and those outside of agriculture. One of her key messages: facts are not compelling to the public. Dr. Van Eenennaam says it is critical that communication be tailored to the needs of a specific audience for there to be real change in how people connect to agriculture [video].

Keynote: Evolution And Change

Evolution And Change: Preparing For TomorrowSwine 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].

Understanding Seneca Valley Virus

Seneca Valley Virus - Field Experiences In IowaSeneca 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].

Feed Mills And Approaches To Pathogen Reduction

Reducing Pathogen Transmission at the Feed MillReducing 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].

Changes For Swine Producers And Antibiotic Use

What Will Guidance 213 Mean To Producers For Antibiotic UseWhat 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].

Swine Antibiotics And Future Changes

Driving Pig Performance in a Changing World of Antibiotic Usage, Boehringer Ingelheim Media DinnerDriving 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].

Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Costs Real Money

Cost Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae In Growing PigsCost Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Dr. Mark Schwartz presents research behind the cost of mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in growing pigs, using closeout data over about thee and a half years. His presentation focuses on the value of farm operations being "mycoplasma negative". One data point shared: There was an approximately $2.50 increased cost of production on mycoplasma hyopneumoniae positive pig flows over negative pig flows in the grow-finish phase [video].

An Unusual Swine Clinical Disease

Tremors, Down Pigs And Muscle Necrosis. An Unusual Clinical DiseaseTremors, Down Pigs And Muscle Necrosis Dr. Matt Sturos, University of Minnesota-Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shares information on ionophore diagnostics, how to collect samples, collect additional data, etc. Dr. Sturos provides additional information on the actions farm operations and management can take to diagnose their animals and adjust their processes [video].

How is Salmonella To Be Handled?

Salmonella Choleraesuis and Salmonella TyphimuriumWhat Are Approaches to Salmonella Choleraesuis and Salmonella Typhimurium? Dr. Greg Cline, Dr. John Kolb, and Mike Steilen all share information on Boehringer Ingelheim's Enterisol® Salmonella vaccine. Each provides a view on research, farm use, and marketing perspective [Dr. Greg Cline][Dr. John Kolb][Mike Steilen].

Is Brazil Pork Ready For PEDv?

Opportunities on Biosecurity in BrazilOpportunities on Biosecurity in Brazil Dr. Fabio Vannucci, Microvet, provides an update on Brazilian pork and how they are adapting to handle porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Vannucci also shares the other swine disease challenges and what investments are being made to protect herds.

PEDv Taught Us Nothing About Biosecurity

PEDv taught us nothing about biosecurityRisk vs. Action Equation Changed Dr. Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, shares what Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has taught us about our beliefs and how it connects with reality. He poses the question if biosecurity is an art or a science. And he asks how ‘leaky’ is national biosecurity? His take away: PEDv taught us nothing about biosecurity because we already knew the actions to take. But what PEDv has done is change the equation of risk vs action.

Heat and Stress, Bad Economics

Impact of In Utero Heat Stress on Subsequent Growth, Composition and ReproductionReducing the Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity Dr. Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, quantifies heat stress for pork operations as costing $300 million (US) annually. Some farm operations are hit hard by heat stress, seasonally more expensive for some than PRRS. Dr. Safranski aims to raise the level of understanding of heat stress so more operations know how to handle it.

How Can DDGs Be Included?

Feeding Strategies for Dried Distillers Grain with Solubles with Immunologically Castrated Pigs-Considerations for Producers and PackersBuilding Up Feed and Nutrition Strtegies Dr. Erin Harris, University of Minnesota, provides insights on using dried distiller's grain (DDG). Dr. Harris outlines some of the effects DDGs create within boars and what farm operations can do to adjust.

The Public's View Of Farms In Action

Agritourism - A Great Opportunity to Share a Positive Farming Message with the PublicWhat do consumers look for when they buy pork? Agritourism is a great opportunity to share a positive farming message with the public. Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, and Jarrod Sutton outline the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure and Dairy operations and its connection to the consumer public.

Nine Billion People Need To Eat

Dr. Nate Hagens - Feeding the World in the 21st Century- A Wide Boundary PerspectiveFeeding the World - Wide Boundary Perspective Dr. Nate Hagens, University of Minnesota, believes how people view these three lenses ( Energy, Environment, and Human Behavior) are going to shape the world in the years leading up to when the population grows to 9 billion people. Take away: 1) Money is a marker for energy and natural resources. In the long run energy is what we have to budget and spend! 2) We need technology… But not new gadgets.

What Is Forward With PEDv?

Steps Forward - Emerging DiseasesStepping Through Emerging Diseases Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, summarizes the the NPPC Pork Forum Resolution into the three core components of the disease matrix, emerging disease response, and strengthening the borders. Much hard work has gone into developing the response plan to and planning for the next diseases. The new response plan includes identifying who is responsible and what needs to occur.

Disease Matrix Helps Planning

What Else Is On Our Radar Screen? Animal DiseaseUnderstand To Prepare Dr. Mark Engle, Senior Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health, shares background on the virus matrix exercise and how it is to help bring better industry preparedness on disease discovery. Each known swine virus is ranked on economic impact to domestic market, economic impact to exports, risk of introduction or reemergence in the US, and zoonotic capabilities. The end goal is use the matrix to help swine management, planning, and risk development.

Coronaviruses From Around The World

Dr. Dick Hesse - Recent Emergence of Swine Coronaviruses in North AmericaWhat Is Theirs May Become What Is Ours Dr. Dick Hesse, K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, looks at the recent emergence of swine coronaviruses, from a virologist’s perspective. Dr. Hesse looks at several coronaviruses from across the world and what they are characteristically doing. Dr. Hesse says "What is theirs will be ours", taking aim at the fact that viruses are global and do not know about political boarders. Surveillance needs to be developed and include pathway analysis.

How Does PEDv Spread?

Dr. Andres Perez - Spatial Epidemiology of PED VirusSpatial Approach To Understanding PEDv Dr. Andres Perez, University of Minnesota, Associate Professor, aims to use mapping (spatial and temporal) to help better understand porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and how it might spread. Dr. Perez shows there were areas and times at highest risk for disease and that disease spread on specific directions.

What is Your Diagnostician Value?

What is Your Diagnostician Value?Being a Better Diagnostician Dr. Marie Culhane talks about diagnostics and the costs associated with veterinary services. She outlines several steps to increase the value of your diagnostics and your value as a diagnostician.

Research View of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

Research View of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea VirusPEDV Research View Dr. Bong Kyun Park looks at the clinical variability of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV). Dr. Park shares key research points on PEDV and what steps are need to clean facilities of the disease.

Diagnostic View of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

Diagnostic View of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea VirusWhat is a Diagnostic View of PEDV? Dr. Albert Rovira talks about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) from a diagnostician point of view. Dr. Rovira provides insight on PEDV origins and how the national monitoring systems are operating.

Swine Influenza: Management and Challenges

Management and challenges of dealing with swine influenzaChallenges of Swine Influenza Dr. Dyneah Classen presents on the challenges of surveillance and management of swine influenza. Dr. Classen details several of the protocols that should be done for surveillance. Surveillance data is needed to help determine farm vaccination strategies. Dr. Classen concludes with observations that vaccination of the entire breeding herd can reduce viral shedding in both sows and suckling piglets plus suckling piglets may be a source of virus to other pigs.

Fairs plus Influenza 2012 and 2013 follow-up

Swine Influenza and FairsSwine Influenza and Fairs Dr. Jennifer Koeman updates with how the National Pork Board is supporting the surveillance, education, and awareness campaigns around swine influenza. Dr. Koeman presents a historical perspective on swine influenza and pork economics plus how past experiences are being integrated into response plans. She concludes with observations that there is continued focus on improving swine health and monitoring for influenza and that biosecurity is important to minimize influenza transmission.

Humans and Animals at State Fairs

Do not Lick The AnimalsDon't Lick The Animals Dr. Joni Scheftel provides a public health perspective on the influenza A virus and the human-interface. Dr. Scheftel notes that up until 2012, the occurrence of influenza A virus (swine influenza) in humans was quite rare. But in 2012 the U.S. cases of variant influenza A jumped to 306 from 14 in 2011. Dr. Scheftel concludes with information on action steps taken in 2013 to educate people in Minnesota about exposure to pigs through out the year, like at fairs and live markets.

Wean-Finish Populations With Swine Influenza

Dynamics of swine influenza in a wean-finish populationSwine Influenza and Wean-Finish Populations Andres Diaz, Ph.D. student, University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, presents information the dynamics of influenza infections in a wean to finish population. Mr. Diaz suggested that wean pigs can be a source of influenza A virus to other swine populations and that the maternal immunity does not protect weaned pigs from influenza A virus infection but it did reduce transmission.

Human-Animal Interface and H3N2 in Swine

H3N2 influenza A virus in swine and the human-animal interfaceLooking at H3N2 Influenza A Virus in Swine Dr. Amy Vincent details USDA's influenza A virus (H3N2) surveillance program. Dr. Vincent highlights the infrastructure details that provide support plus outlines the sciences and protocols used in the surveillance. Dr. Vincent points out the challenges some of the vaccines have and what should be done at the human-animal interface.

What is the Prevalence of Swine Influenza Virus in Weaning Pigs?

Swine influenza virus prevalence and risk factors in weaning-age pigsSwine Influenza Virus Prevalence Matt Allerson, Ph.D. student, University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, introduces what influenza A virus is and how it is classified. He shares information on the economic impact of influenza A virus to farms and offers some research on how to approach handling sick pigs to reduce the spread of influenza A virus.

Swine Influenza, Human-Animal Interface, and Being Prepared

Influenza & the Human-Animal InterfaceInfluenza & the Human-Animal Interface The flu season for pigs is starting up and there are actions barn staff can take to help limit exposure and improve surveillance. Several presentation to help with training and awareness on influenza A, surveillance, and human-animal interactions were shared at the 2103 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference.
  • Dr. Dyneah Classen points out the challenges of surveillance and management of swine influenza and observes that vaccination of the entire breeding herd can reduce viral shedding in both sows and suckling piglets [presentation video].
  • Dr. Jennifer Koeman provides an update on the National Pork Board's support for surveillance, education, and awareness campaigns around swine influenza [presentation video].
  • Dr. Joni Scheftel offers a public health perspective on the influenza A virus and the human-interface. She highlights action steps taken in 2013 to educate people in Minnesota about exposure to pigs through out the year, like at fairs and live markets [presentation video].
  • Dr. Amy Vincent details USDA's influenza A virus (H3N2) surveillance program. Dr. Vincent points out the challenges some of the vaccines have and what should be done at the human-animal interface [presentation video].

Feeding for Optimal Bone Strength

Pig Lameness and Diagnostic Lab ViewsNutrition and Lameness This session, from the 2013 Leman Swine Conference, looks into bone strength, lameness, and clinical diagnosis approaches and research.
  • Dr. Tom Crenshaw looks that the nutritional aspects of pig lameness. Dr. Crenshaw looks at the clinical diagnosis of skeletal integrity in swine and what swine professionals need to understand to monitor and address lameness issues [presentation video].
  • Dr. Darin Madson looks into the what diagnostic labs are seeing as it relates to pig lameness. Dr. Madson shares that the bone is a dynamic organ in pigs. His take aways: lameness is an industry issue and clinical assessments are important [presentation video].
  • Dr. Pedro Urriola highlights the nutritional management information of pigs to help production teams succeed. Dr. Urriola recommends using nutritional models to determine objective and dynamic requirements [presentation video].

Litter Size: Starting Off Right

Valuing an Increase in Swine Litter SizeHow Do You Value Swine Litter Size? Dr. John Kolb presents the economic approach to putting a value on increasing born alive litter size. Dr. Kolb shares several tools to help managers look at the economic and financial factors of born alive litters.

Valuing Swine Diseases in Production

Swine Disease Diagnostics and Economics ConsiderationsEconomics Considerations of Swine Diseases Dr. James Kober looks at sick pigs testing and surveillance testing from an economic point of view. Dr. Kober starts by asking "How much is the right amount to spend on diagnostics and / or surveillance?". He then looks at the factors that are used to help answer the economic questions. Key take away: size of operation will influence the approach. Additionally, focus of operation's goal will impact approach.

Sick Pigs Have a Cost

Mycoplasma Infection Costs In A Naïve Swine PopulationIllness Costs In Naïve Swine Population Dr. Tom Gillespie uses mycoplasma infection in an economic presentation to help managers, staff, and veterinarians understand the costs diagnostic and treatment options of sick pigs. Costs will vary depending on pathogens associated with the outbreak and variables included. Dr. Gillespie asks "How can you start to apply costs in your monitoring approaches?"

PEDV is Testing National Biosecurity

National Biosecurity and Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and ResponsePEDV As A Test Dr. Tim Snider boldly points out that PEDV is a warning shot for national biosecurity and foreign animal disease preparedness and response. He shares this presentations as a way to spur people to awareness. That PEDV has occurred is actually a good test for businesses to review and update their business continuity plans. Dr. Snider highlights some of the experiences people have had with communication with PEDV.

Swine Feeding Options and Health Status

Feeding Pigs According to HealthFeeding Pigs According to Health Dr. Don Giesting looks at the pig neonatal transition period from a liquid to dry diet; going from mother's milk to eating on their own. He presents information on what production staff can do to optimize performance of the pigs. His key take away: We need better models of gut immunity, microbial status, management effects & opportunities to improve these. Additionally, the industry needs to create better targeted delivery of additives and nutrient precursors to key areas of the gut.

Growing Pigs With PRRSv Issues

PRRSV on feed efficiencyNutrients For PRRSv Pigs In this National Pork Board research, grow-finisher pigs are looked at to better understand how to feed sick pigs. The aim of the research was look at how immune challenges alter feed intake and digestibility and if sick pigs have altered nutrient requirements.

What About Unhealthy Pigs?

Swine Nutrition and health interactionsUnhealthy 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?