2016 Minnesota Pork Congress There were great conversations and presentations as part of the annual Minnesota Pork Congress this year. The challenging price environment is causing producers viewing the trade show to seek efficiency improvements and maximize productivity. Strong interest and well-attended presentations included the special panel on "The Future of Antibiotic Use"
Agriculture, Human Health, and Environment: Confessions Of A Greenpeace Dropout Dr. Patrick Moore, Ecosense, is a former leader of Greenpeace who shares his thoughts on how environmental and climate science today, as it is shared, is clouded by believes that are not sustainable by actual science. Dr. Moore dives into the specifics of current policy and views of governments and organizations related to food, agriculture, and the environment. [video].
2016 Missouri Pork Expo February 9-10, 2016, Columbia, Missouri, USA, highlighted focus on reaching out to 4-H and FFA swine exhibitors. Session included helping young exhibitors learn about reducing the risks of animal health issues, proper use of medication, and developing awareness on animal welfare programs..
2015 North American PRRS This annual conference featuring both research virologists and practitioners marked the release of the most important industry discovery in recent times. Dr. Randy Prather (University of Missouri) shared his findings on the genetic key to PRRS resistance [video][slides]. In addition, the "Genetics of Host Resistance to PRRS and PCV2" by Iowa State’s Dr. Jack Dekkers was widely discussed and can be viewed here [video].
Organizers also shared that while PRRS has been the focus for this international conference, future meetings will be expanded to include other industry disease issues such as PED and PCV2.
Pork Trade Update Maria Zieba, Manager of International Affairs with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), shares background on the activities where the NPPC actively participated to represent US pork interests. Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL), Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), West Coast Ports Slowdown, and foreign pork bans are just a few of these NPPC is working on. Ms. Zieba closes with 2016 and 2017 issues that are on the radar and what pork producers need to know for their planning [video].
Preparing for potential and emerging swine diseases: Swine Health Information Center Update Dr. Paul Sundberg, Executive Director, Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), shares an update on the first year of SHIC in operation. Dr. Sundberg outlines the Swine Health Monitoring and Analysis Group and the Swine Disease Matrix Project. Key messages include that trusted data sharing is a must for all producers to benefit, developing risk analysis models will help farm risk planning, and that close coordination between all parties is a must. Dr. Sundberg closes with the specific example of Seneca Valley Virus and how SHIC played a key part [video].
Antibiotics: What do the new regulations mean to the Producer? Dr. Laura Bruner, Swine Vet Center, provides a vet perspective on new regulations and their meaning to the producers. Dr. Bruner walks through the practical steps on how the veterinary feed directive will change operational activities. Key messages: more communication with veterinarians and nutritionists will occur and accurate documentation plus record keeping on the medications being used in specific formats is a must. Plan and practice for these changes now [video].