What is Lawsonia And How Do I Find It?

New Lawsonia Quantitative PCR Test Finding Infected Pigs Dr. Jessica Seate introduces a new quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) test for the bacteria Lawsonia intracellularis, which can be used to test and identify the bacterial concentration levels of Lawsonia in a sample. Using this information can help swine barn management and staff identify sick pigs and at what level of sickness they are, so as to provide the proper treatment effectively.

Dr. Jessica Seate - New Lawsonia Quantitative PCR Test

New Lawsonia Quantitative PCR Test - Dr. Jessica Seate, Boehringer Ingelheim, from the 2015 World Pork Expo, June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA.

SwineCast 0880, WPX - Depopulation Event Preliminary Considerations

SwineCast 0880 Show Notes:
  • North Carolina State University Extension Specialist Mark Rice offered his findings on depopulation event planning and implementation to the 2015 World Pork Expo Pork Academy attendees.  This audio excerpt includes preliminary considerations. 
  • Full video presentation link here.

SwineCast 0877, WPX - Profitability In Tough Times

SwineCast 0877 Show Notes:
  • At the 2015 World Pork Expo, Dr. Aaron Lower, DVM, with Carthage Veterinary Services, reviewed current input costs, health issues and production dynamics, and outlined certain goals producers should shoot for to improve profitability.
  • Link to full video presentation.

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus – history, impacts, control

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) – history, impacts, controlHave You Reviewed PEDV With Your Team? Dr. Paul Thomas, AMVC, provides a review of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), specifically PEDV characteristics, introduction and spread in the US, impacts of PEDV, and controlling PEDV. Dr. Thomas details several of the key actions operations should take to prevent the spread of PEDV, focusing on cleanliness, sanitation, and strong biosecurity protocols. Key take away: transportation cleanliness is one area that is a must for all operations.

What Affects Positive Consumer Eating Experiences?

Pork Quality - High Quality Pork Increases Positive Consumer Eating ExperiencesHow Do Consumers Perceive Eating? Dr. Dustin Boler, University of Illinois, shares how seasonality and consumer perceptions play a part in pork quality. Dr. Boler also highlights research on pork meat and points out correlations observed between ham wights and belly firmness.

SwineCast 0875, WPX - Managing Herd Health In Good Times And Bad

SwineCast 0875 Show Notes:

Real Pig Farmers Making The Consumer Connection

Real Pig Farmers Our Barn Door is Open PanelReal Pig Farmers Open Doors National Pork Board officer Brad Greenway with pig farmers Erin Brenneman, Thomas Titus, and Chris Soules (ABC’s The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars), share their insight on how to reach out and connect with people who don't live, work, or connect with farms. A key conversation point each panelist aims to share is how to be transparent and listen to consumers.

Proactively Managing a Downturn

Staying Proactive in a Down MarketStaying Proactive in a Down Market Dr. Aaron J. Lower, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., talks about how to keep producers from jumping off the edge when markets and economics go up and down. Being consistent in production is hard and Dr. Lower suggests that veterinarians help provide perspective on approaches to maintain consistency. Dr. Lower shares key cost relationships and what focus areas farm operations should concentrate on: feed cost, wean pig cost, and facility cost.

Fluctuations Occur, Be Prepared

Swine Herd Health in Good Times and BadSwine Herd Health in Good Times and Bad Dr. Daryl Olsen, AMVC, LLC, shares how veterinarians can help pork farm operations with knowledge laced with experience. Dr. Olsen says pork production, for the most part, is a commodity business that has cycles that is now a highly international market. Dr. Olsen points out that input costs will fluctuate and operations people must plan for these changes. Dr. Olsen closes with key points focus on and to help farmers become better prepared for changes that will occur.
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