The 2016 World Pork Expo, June 8 - 10, 2016, Des Moines, IA, USA, focused on many conversations about how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will impact many organizations in the swine ecosystem with Richard Sellers - Changes on Antibiotic Usage - Background, Now, And January 1 [link], and Dr. Sam Holst - Changes on Antibiotic Usage - Preparing for Changes to Antibiotic Use [link]. The main message was "you should be starting now to be ready by January 1, 2017". Additional presentations shared the environmental and economics of swine, how Checkoff funds have been allocated to promote pork into the summer and fall, and "What does happen during a Common Swine Industry Audit?" [link].
The 2016 BI AASV Pre-Conference Seminar focused on "Start Healthy, End Strong – Learning from Outside the Pen". Through perspectives from beef, poultry, and aquaculture experts, swine veterinarians discovered many lessons that could be applied to their practices.
Missouri Pork Expo brought some focus on reaching out to 4-H and FFA swine exhibitors. Session included helping young exhibitors learn about reducing the risks of animal health issues, proper use of medication, and developing awareness on animal welfare programs.
On the topic of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), Dr. Dave Pyburn, National Pork Board, talks about working with smaller producers to help them understand the changes coming January 1, 2017 that all producers, big and small, must plan for.
And the topic of BBQ, "Let’s Talk BBQ" by Steve Demaray, Lynch Livestock, shared how the event of a BBQ helps build community. And for the cooking enthusiast, Mr. Demaray shared choosing wood, meat cut selection, and understanding proper "saucing".
2016 Minnesota Pork Congress There were great conversations and presentations as part of the annual Minnesota Pork Congress this year. The challenging price environment is causing producers viewing the trade show to seek efficiency improvements and maximize productivity. Strong interest and well-attended presentations included the special panel on "The Future of Antibiotic Use"
2015 North American PRRS This annual conference featuring both research virologists and practitioners marked the release of the most important industry discovery in recent times. Dr. Randy Prather (University of Missouri) shared his findings on the genetic key to PRRS resistance [video][slides]. In addition, the "Genetics of Host Resistance to PRRS and PCV2" by Iowa State’s Dr. Jack Dekkers was widely discussed and can be viewed here [video].
Organizers also shared that while PRRS has been the focus for this international conference, future meetings will be expanded to include other industry disease issues such as PED and PCV2.
Swine Health And Future The 2015 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference was the focus of various swine health & disease issues plus research to help both veterinarians and farm management /staff. Also this year, the Pijoan Lectures continue with Dr. Linda Saif sharing info on coronaviruses and their global threats to humans and animals and Dr. Carol Cardona providing a review of the H5N2 epidemic [fyi link].
Antibiotic Stewardship Human and animal health experts came together in Atlanta, GA to discuss issues related to antibiotic resistance and to work toward increased antibiotic stewardship, in both human medicine and animal health. Throughout the dialogue, attention was focused on specific areas which can be measured in order to verify the progress made in reducing antimicrobial resistance.
Convened by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and supported by several industry stakeholders, commodity groups, and public health entities, this national symposium brought together a broad cross-section of professionals to share relevant science and develop consensus on those key areas in which the most progress may be made [Conference Connection].
Bullets and Pigs Christien Meindertsma, author of "Pig 05049", follows the many parts of a pig to see how they are used. Of the 185 products she discovered, she shares several surprising examples. Her goal? To create an awareness of the products so that we, society, can "take better care of what's behind our products". She says the first step is to know that they [the products] are there [video].
2015 Summer Swine Health Seminar focused on antibiotics and the new directions via the Veterinary Feed Directive. Also timely is the presentation by Dr. Robert Desrosiers on Emerging Diseases:The Past and Future.