Antibiotics and Veterinary Feed Directive: The times, they are a changin' - Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, from the 2015 Summer Swine Health Seminar, August 22, 2015, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, USA.
Economics: Hog and Pork Outlook - Dr. Ron Plain, D. Howard Doane Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, from the 2015 Summer Swine Health Seminar, August 22, 2015, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, USA.
Influenza ‘A’ Virus in Swine: Overview of Disease and Diagnosis - Dr. Phil Gauger, Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, from the 2015 Summer Swine Health Seminar, August 22, 2015, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, USA.
Managing Pigs & People is Hard! Through the Pork Checkoff, research and tools are developed to help understand / manage disease issues like PEDV, provide tools to measure and monitor sustainability programs, help management and staff communicate with consumers, and integrate economics into daily decision making activities.
Swine Changes Dr. Peter Kristensen, Director PIC Europe at Genus, shares an update on the swine regulations in the European Union and North America, comparing what the similarities and differences are. He notes the actions that have taken place in sow housing and antibiotic use and what changes North American will need to make.
Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture The 2015 NIAA Annual Conference: Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, March 23 - March 26, 2015, Indianapolis, IN, USA, brought out conversations around the issues of water, the perceptions of agriculture by media, and what agriculture groups need to think about in their conversations with consumers, the public, and media.
Dr. Butch Baker, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, shares the results of research on trucks used to haul pigs and how their cleaning protocols impact the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Baker's key messages: Truck washing facilities need to be prepared to support stricter protocols: the payoff is a reduction of herd infections [video].
Dr. Jay Famiglietti, Associate Professor at University of California, Irvine and Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shares data and analysis of the issues of water, with a focus on the current water problems in California. Key message: "Take ownership [of water conversations], clearly articulate the issues, and become industry leaders and stewards" [video].
An Industry Driven Solution to Implement ADT Dr. Patrick Webb, Director of Swine Health Programs at National Pork Board, provides insight in to how the Swine ID Plan works with the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule. One of the key drivers is the value of pork exports and the need to have a robust swine ID system so as not to lose on exports. Dr. Webb shares a case study of a swine ID program and what they discovered about processes in place to help make decisions when a foreign animal disease occurs.