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August 15, 2018

Animal ID is a key part of helping understand where animals are before a disaster occurs so planning and animal safety can be taken care of when needed.

January 13, 2017

What is infectious disease surveillance versus monitoring?

Developments in infectious disease surveillance - Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, Vet Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Iowa State University, from the 2016 North American PRRS Symposium, December 3‐4, 2016, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

January 13, 2017

How has the Swine Health Information Center fared since its beginning?

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.

January 13, 2017

What are the growing issues of antibiotic resistance and food?

Leadership and Responsibility for Antibiotic Stewardship - Kathy Talkington, Project Director, Antimicrobial Resistance, The Pew Charitable Trusts, from the 2016 NIAA Antibiotic Symposium - Working Together For Better Solutions, November 1 - 3, 2016, Herndon, Virginia, USA.

Kathy Talkington, Project Director, Antimicrobial Resistance, The Pew Charitable Trusts, shares data and information with the 2016 NIAA Antibiotic Symposium audience about the growing issues of antibiotic resistance.

December 10, 2016

This annual conference featuring both researchers and practitioners shares actionable data and information to help understand and manage Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

The 2016 North American PRRS conference held December 3‐4, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, offers academia and industry information on research and solutions being developed to tackle PRRS and related swine illnesses.

July 5, 2016

What is the consumer perspective on the food side of the agriculture equation?

Supply Channel Insights: How Can Animal Agriculture Provide Solutions to Retail Challenges? - David Fikes, Vice President, Communications and Consumer/Community Affairs, Food Marketing Institute; Steve Potts, Campus General Manager, Levy Restaurant Group/Georgia World Congress Center.

May 20, 2016

What Do Consumers Really Want? Jan Johnson, Principal with Millennium Research, Inc. provides some direction.

What Do Consumers Really Want? - Jan Johnson, Principal, Millennium Research, Inc.

What Do Consumers Really Want? Jan Johnson, Principal with Millennium Research, Inc. led a consumer panel focus group in front of the 200 plus attendees to the 2016 Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit.

The panel members did not know who was in the audience and they were not aware of the conference's focus.

The information from that panel is a must listen to for all people in farm operations, agriculture media, marketing, and public relations.

May 5, 2016

Highlights on how the thinking of economics of biosecurity plays out in swine producer decision making.

Dr. Glynn Tonsor, Associate Professor, Kansas State University, highlights how the thinking of economics of biosecurity plays out in swine producer decision making. Key message: lack of knowledge is likely NOT sole reason for partial implementation of recommended biosecurity measures. Many business look at trade-offs and incentives for action.

April 4, 2016

Missouri Pork Expo brought some 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.

The Missouri Pork Expo brought some 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.

February 2, 2016

This annual conference featuring both research virologists and practitioners marked the release of the most important industry discovery in recent times.

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].

December 1, 2015

Human and animal health experts came together in Atlanta, GA to discuss issues related to antibiotic resistance and to work toward increased antibiotic stewardship, in both human medicine and animal health. Throughout the dialogue, attention was focused on specific areas which can be measured in order to verify the progress made in reducing antimicrobial resistance.

Human and animal health experts came together in Atlanta, GA for the fifth NIAA Antibiotic Symposium to discuss issues related to antibiotic resistance and to work toward increased antibiotic stewardship, in both human medicine and animal health.

April 24, 2015

FoodTank is a mix of media, event, and personality that is driving food conversations for consumers and providers.

Danielle Nierenberg - The Role of Food in Social JusticeChanging The Food System This short conversation between Danielle Nierenberg, FoodTank, and Frank Sesno, the Ag Issues Forum host and master of ceremonies, highlights some of the thoughts that many people outside of agriculture have about the business of growing and producing food.

Danielle shares how she arrived at co-founding FoodTank as a way to raise the level of awareness about food, nutrition, and the environment within communities of people interested in food. She also talks about how she developed FoodTank as a digital and event based platform to carry the food messages further.

April 7, 2015

How is outbreak of PEDv being handled?

Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, provides an update on the pork emerging diseases response plan. Dr. Wagstrom shares information on the projects others are also doing and how they tie together.

One of the key areas of improvement resulting from the outbreak of PEDv was communication consistency and protocol. Dr. Wagstrom also highlights the risk assessments completed, the swine disease matrix development, and the "strengthening the boarders" project.

April 7, 2015

Are you sure about the state of preparedness of pork operations for animal diseases?

Dr. Paul Sundberg, Science & Technology, National Pork Board, shares thoughts on the state of preparedness of pork operations for animal diseases, like porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). While the mystery of how PEDv came into the USA is still unknown, discovery of PEDV has created the opportunity to implement and improve communication, coordination, and collaboration. Dr. Sundberg outlines the value of the Swine Health Information Center and the Center's next steps.

February 24, 2015

How does intensified pre-weaning calf feeding programs impact growth and behavior of cows?

Dr. Emily Miller-Cushon, University of Florida, looks at intensified pre-weaning calf feeding programs and the impacts on growth and behavior. Dr. Miller-Cushon take home message: Intensified feeding for calves improves growth and welfare early in life, offers potential for longer-term production benefits, and should be considered when implementing weaning, feeding, and housing.

February 24, 2015

How does glucose impact postpartum cows?

Dr. Matt Lucy, University of Missouri, shares research on glucose and its relevancy to postpartum cows. Dr. Lucy looked at insulin sensitivity and aimed to better understand immune functions in early postpartum periods.

Mechanisms linking postpartum metabolism with reproduction in dairy cows - Dr. Matt Lucy, University of Missouri, from the 2015 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, February 2 - 4, 2015, Gainesville, FL, USA.

More presentations at http://www.trufflemedia.com/agmedia/conference/2015-florida-ruminant-nut...

February 24, 2015

Why do pre-weaned calves get sick?

Dr. Michael Ballou, Texas Tech University, opens by addressing why pre-weaned calves get sick and then digs into how nutrition influences immunity of calves. Dr. Ballou shares that data indicates that post-weaned health is improved among calves that were previously fed a higher plane of milk replacer.

Dietary strategies to improve calf health - Dr. Michael Ballou, Texas Tech University, from the 2015 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, February 2 - 4, 2015, Gainesville, FL, USA.

February 24, 2015

At what ages can a period of intensified feeding of heifers hasten puberty relative to females developed as per normal industry recommendations?

Dr. Mike Day, The Ohio State University, asks ""At what ages can a period of intensified feeding of heifers hasten puberty relative to females developed as per normal industry recommendations?"" Dr. Day's take aways: 1) A period of intensified feeding will advance puberty in heifers of varying breeds and environments; 2) More work needed to determine most efficient way to incorporate this knowledge into a given system; and 3) Nutritional status for the entire time from birth to first breeding can impact reproductive success.

February 24, 2015

How important is dietary amino acids and body condition for reproduction in dairy cows?

Dr. Milo Wiltbank, University of Wisconsin, looks at the importance of dietary amino acids and body condition for reproduction in dairy cows. Dr. Wiltbank shares research being conducted to look at the effect of rumen-protected methionine on amniotic vesicle and embryo size.

Importance of dietary amino acids and body condition for reproduction in dairy cows - Dr. Milo Wiltbank, University of Wisconsin, from the 2015 Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, February 2 - 4, 2015, Gainesville, FL, USA.

January 8, 2015

What is talk fescue toxicosis and what do beef producers need to do?

Joe Sellers, Iowa State University Extension and Dr. Scott Flynn, Dow AgroSciences, talk about beef cattle and the approaches to preventing fescue toxicosis. Mr Sellers details the cow physiology, how cattle nutrition is impacted, and what symptoms are important to notice.

Dr. Flynn focuses on the plant science and what testing needs to be done to identify infected plants. Dr. Flynn also details steps to mitigate fescue toxicosis.

July 10, 2014

How should farmers and consumers view their relationship to animals that produce food or become the food after they die?

Dr. Jen Walker - Relationships of Animals, Farmers, Consumers, and ActivistsStewards Of The Farm? Dr. Jen Walker with Dean Foods, shares her thoughts on dairy stewardship. From the 2014 Agriculture Public Relations Council annual meeting, June 24 - 27, 2014, Madison, WI, USA.

June 9, 2014

What has happened in porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) lab diagnostics?

PEDV - Lessons Learned - Dr. Harry Snelson, AASV, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), shares details on the many activities that have occurred with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Snelson shows the details on the laboratory and field work used to discover the virus, understand what happened, and how diagnostic labs have adjusted to better identify PEDv.

June 9, 2014

What is going on with PEDv research and what are plans for the future?

PEDV - Research Update - Dr. Lisa Becton, National Pork Board, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Lisa Becton, National Pork Board, provides a timely update on the PEDv research that is in progress plus plans for the future. Dr. Becton also outlines the history of the research and some of the lessons that have been learned and what they mean for understanding PEDv.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2014-world-pork-expo

June 9, 2014

Is the U.S. really ready for outbreaks like porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv)?

PEDV - Next Steps - Dr. Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council, from the 2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Dr. Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council, provides a policy and political point of view on the resources needed for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) research, management, and eradication. Dr. Wagstrom details the dollars being requested from the US Congress to support the USDA, National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) & Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).