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What Is Infectious Disease Surveillance?

Developments in infectious disease surveillanceDevelopments in infectious disease surveillance Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Iowa State University, outlines developments in infectious disease surveillance. Dr. Zimmerman highlights how data is being collected and analyzed to better understand "what is happening" in disease detection (aka surveillance). Dr. Zimmerman concludes with recommendations for on farm oral fluid surveillance. [video].

What Is HP-PRRSV?

Pathogenesis and control of Chinese highly pathogenic Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRSV)Pathogenesis and control of Chinese highly pathogenic Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRSV) Dr. Hanchun Yang, China Agricultural University, reviews the research of Highly Pathogenic Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (HP-PRRSV) in China. Several key take aways: HP-PRRSV has stronger ability of suppressing cell-mediated immunity of pigs & HP-PRRSV infection causes severe lung lesions and expanded tissue lesions of pigs [video].

Economic and Market Forecasts

Pork Industry Economics UpdatePork Industry Economics Update Dr. Steve Meyer outlines the current market conditions and highlights trends occurring across the major meat businesses. In working through the details, Dr. Meyer offers some action items swine producers might consider and under what conditions. The closing Q&A helps clarify some of the thoughts going into 2017 under a new administration [video].

Dr. Steve Meyer - Pork Industry Economics Update


Pork Industry Economics Update - Dr. Steve Meyer, Express Markets Inc., from the 2017 Minnesota Pork Congress, January 17 - 18, 2017, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

2017 Iowa Pork Congress

2017 Iowa Pork Congress2017 Iowa Pork Congress January 25-26, Des Moines, IA, USA, shared optimism from Dr. Lowell Catlett with his podium engaging arm waving for "Best Time Ever To Be In Agriculture, The Five Trends That Will Make It Even Better!" [video]. A more cautious optimistic note came from Dr. Steve Meyer with his "Prices and Profitability: Economic Outlook" [video] which shared where the agriculture, and meat, economy is headed.

SwineCast 0953, National Pork Board Listens To Producers Via Annual Survey

SwineCast 0953 Show Notes:

2017 Minnesota Pork Congress

2017 Minnesota Pork Congress2017 Minnesota Pork Congress January 17 - 18, 2017, Minneapolis, MN, USA, provided an update on the Swine Health Information Center, economics, antibiotics future, plus a high level of optimism from Dr. Lowell Catlett and his message of "It's a great time to be in ag".

2016 North American PRRS Symposium

2016 North American PRRS Symposium2016 North American PRRS Symposium This PRRS symposium held in Chicago (December 3‐4, 2016) offers academia and industry information on research and solutions being developed to tackle PRRS and related swine illnesses.

Reflection On Swine Health Information Center Beginnings

This is a look back on the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) as it passes through its second year. In the next several months, Dr. Paul Sundberg, SHIC's Executive Director, will be sharing updates to producers and looking for feedback on how the center is working.

Below is a timeline of several key SHIC related presentations to help understand the background and the direction SHIC is currently taking. See the SHIC landing page for fuller review of the Center [link].

Best Practices of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Control

Building on the best practices of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) ControlBuilding on the best practices of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Control In this panel discussion from the 2016 North American PRRS Symposium, researchers and veterinarians address audience questions about the best practices of porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome (PRRS) control. Panel members include Dr. PH Rathkjen, Boehringer Ingelheim; Dr. Roger Main, Iowa State University; Dr. Mike Roof, Boehringer Ingelheim; and Dr. Daniel Linhares, Iowa State University, Swine Health and Productivity [video].
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