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SwineCast 1042, US & China Trade Future Insights with Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends

SwineCast 1042 Show Notes:
  • From the 2018 Midwest Pork Conference comes timely insight on the US & China trade future with Brett Stuart of Global AgriTrends. Brett highlights the current state of the ag economy with insights on trade politics and market positions.
  • Brett suggests to watch for if (and when) a pork gap emerges. He also states 2019 pork exports would need to increase 20% to keep per capita supplies steady with 2018, which are record high.

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].

SwineCast 1041, The Squeal - On Creating A Biosecurity Culture

SwineCast 1041 Show Notes:
  • In this episode of The Squeal, a team of experts addresses a topic of greatest concern to the collective industry mind, biosecurity. Sharing hands on techniques and implementation ideas are Dr. Joel Nerem (Pipestone Veterinary Services), Dr. Andrea Pitkin (PIC Health Assurance Veterinary Team), and Dr. Jess Wadell (PIC Health Assurance Veterinary Team).
  • Biosecurity - It's something that just doesn't happen from 8:00 to 5:00, it has to be 24/7. It has to be on the weekends, it has to be on the holidays. It just has to be part of what people do every day, and it's often not convenient. The things that this episode talks about are going to prevent disease and are not convenient. That's why it has to be culture. It has to be just ingrained.

SwineCast 1040, ATM - Going In-Depth on African Swine Fever

SwineCast 1040 Show Notes:
  • In this episode of At The Meeting Honoring Dr. Bob Morrison, discussion continues on African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreaks in China and Europe.
  • Dr. Montserrat Torremorell, Dr. Tom Wetzell, and Dr. Gordon Spronk have an important conversation about the impact of ASF on the global swine industry, and what it could mean if it reaches the United States.
  • The cohosts sit down with Dr. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid to discuss the history of the disease and the work he and his team have done to combat ASF, such as developing laboratory tests to aid in diagnosis and control.
  • "African swine fever is, in general, an underestimated disease that many people don’t understand," says Dr. Sánchez-Vizcaíno. "But one of the keys to fighting ASF is an early-detection system."

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].

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].

SwineCast 1039, American Feed Industry Association Response and Perspective On Swine Health And Feed

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SwineCast 1038, Conversations With Heather Hill About Being On The National Pork Board

SwineCast 1038 Show Notes:
  • In this episode we learn about how Indiana pig farmer Heather Hill serves the pork farmers as a member on the National Pork Board. She aims to observe, listen, and better understand how to best serve the farmers in the business of pork.

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].
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