Can we Engineer the Future? What is the future on transgenic, or genetic engineered, animals? Genetic engineering is not a technology that is going to replace standard breeding methods. Rather, it will add access to genetic variation, increasing the pool of genetic diversity that can be worked with [video][pdf].
A recent international meeting on the sustainability of livestock production brought speakers from around the world to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Marty Matlock from the University of Arkansas shared these selected comments on how to measure sustainability and offers pointers on moving the discussion ahead.
Opportunities on Biosecurity in Brazil Dr. Fabio Vannucci, Microvet, provides an update on Brazilian pork and how they are adapting to handle porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Vannucci also shares the other swine disease challenges and what investments are being made to protect herds.
Risk vs. Action Equation Changed Dr. Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, shares what Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has taught us about our beliefs and how it connects with reality. He poses the question if biosecurity is an art or a science. And he asks how ‘leaky’ is national biosecurity? His take away: PEDv taught us nothing about biosecurity because we already knew the actions to take. But what PEDv has done is change the equation of risk vs action.
What do consumers look for when they buy pork? Agritourism is a great opportunity to share a positive farming message with the public. Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, and Jarrod Sutton outline the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure and Dairy operations and its connection to the consumer public.
Agritourism - A Great Opportunity to Share a Positive Farming Message with the Public - Brian Martin, Jon Hoek, Jarrod Sutton, Indiana Pork Board, Besltra Milling, National Pork Board, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.