Prevalence and Molecular Epidemiology of Clostridium difficile in Food and Companion Animals, Retail Meats, and Humans in Minnesota - Dr. Tim Snider, University of Minnesota, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
What is the future of food when politics gets involved? It used to be true that what happened on the farm stayed on the farm. Now, people running farms must be out their sharing what happens and stay connected with consumers. Dr. Jayson Lusk, Professor of Agriculture Economics at Oklahoma State University, suggests getting in the game to tell how farms run, explain the trade offs of being an agriculture business, and give consumers control [video][pdf].
Working on Our Animal Disease Preparedness Dr. Paul Sundberg, Vice President, National Pork Board, outlines several of the lessons learned from the outbreak of PEDv. Pathway of introduction is difficult – at best; Corollary - Be prepared for the next one to come because it is coming; Better state-federal-industry response coordination is essential; and We can’t expect USDA alone to respond quickly and efficiently to the “next PED” in time to stop it. Corollary - Industry needs to be responsible for managing production diseases.
Understand 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.
Steps Forward - Emerging Diseases - Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
What Else Is On Our Radar Screen? - Dr. Mark Engle, Senior Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.