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July 2, 2015

This year there was less focus on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv, though it is still a concern). More sessions highlighted trade, economics, and sow live time productivity. And of course there was lots of BBQ and tenderloin sandwiches to be had.

Antibiotics, Trade, and Pork Quality The 2015 World Pork Expo (June 3 - 5, 2015, Des Moines, IA, USA) offered other interests beyond the past several years of PEDv: International Trade and Pork Quality sessions offered inside on how consumer are driving business. Also on the conversation channels: Antibiotics and new changes shared by the U.S. FDA.

Of note:

  • The U.S. FDA released new information on the use of antibiotics and agriculture. Dr. Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board, and Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association Swine Veterinarians, break down the new changes and their implications. Dr. Koeman and Dr. Snelson also provide producers guidance points on what to do to prepare farms and staff [video].
  • Dr. Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board, points out the definition of Sow Lifetime Productivity and provides data that challenges some of the traditional views of improving Sow Lifetime Productivity. Dr. Hostetler offers research that can help improve productivity. Key take away: Improvement in sow lifetime productivity will substantially impact profitability of all phases of production [video].


March 6, 2014

Training on manure and lagoon management was a key set of sessions at the 2014 MO Pork Expo.

While PEDV is still a top concern among pork producers, other topics are in need of refreshed info. Included in this year's Missouri Pork Expo were several sessions on manure and lagoon management [panel, tips]. Dr.

January 29, 2014

PEDV was top of mind at the Minnesota Pork Congress, with a panel discussion plus update on US PEDV activity.

There were many great conversations at the Minnesota Pork Congress. Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council, shares topics which surfaced during a listening session at the 2014 Minnesota Pork Congress [audio].

October 9, 2013

What are the issues for pig neonatal transitioning from a liquid to dry diet?

Feeding options to fit pig health - Dr. Don Giesting, Cargill, from the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 14-17, 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

October 9, 2013

What is needed to feed unhealthy pigs to sustain the growth rate?

Nutrition and health interactions: A practitioner’s perspective - Dr. Mark FitzSimmons, Swine Graphics, from the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 14-17, 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Dr. Mark FitzSimmons takes a look at how barn managers look at pigs in the barn to be marked for the truck. He presents information on how feeding an nutrition changes according to the health of the pig. What is needed to feed unhealthy pigs to sustain the growth rate?

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2013-leman-swine-conference-material

October 9, 2013

How do you deal with feeding sick pigs?

The impact of PRRSV on feed efficiency, digestibility and tissue accretion in grow-finisher pigs - Dr. Nick Gabler, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, from the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 14-17, 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

In this National Pork Board research, grow-finisher pigs are looked at to better understand how to feed sick pigs. The aim of the research was look at how immune challenges alter feed intake and digestibility and if sick pigs have altered nutrient requirements.

October 9, 2013

Is PEDV is a warning shot for national biosecurity and foreign animal disease preparedness and response?

PEDV-Warning Shot for National Biosecurity and Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response - Dr. Tim Snider, Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, from the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 14-17, 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

April 15, 2013

Boehringer Ingelheim hosted a seminar on Vertical Transmission, bringing together swine veterinarians from around the US to talk about… sick pigs. What is vertical transmission and how does that impact pork operations?

Swine veterinarians convened for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) conference in March 2013 in San Diego, CA, USA, to learn about issues in the swine industry.

June 28, 2012

What are some of the economic issues in grains and how are they playing out on the animal agriculture markets and in farm operations?

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June 20, 2012

Information on animal health, economics, weather, and handling media during a crisis are available via the Pork Checkoff supported presentation series.

The 2012 World Pork Expo brought nearly 20,000 pork producers and industry leaders from 38 countries to Des Moines, Iowa, for the world's largest pork-specific trade show. For the producer, some of the highlights included the trade show floor with about 500 exhibitors, the Pork Academy, and the updates on the industry by the National Pork Producers Council.

June 20, 2012

Was it really the world's largest? While Guinness World Records might not recognize it, attendees at the World Pork Expo enjoyed the adventure.

An attempt to create the world's largest pork burger at the 2012 World Pork Expo was muted because of the Guinness World Records would not recognize it.

February 7, 2012

Total feed supply is going down. This means we either get more efficient or we get smaller.

January 16, 2012

How the Chinese pork prices move, so goes the world, believe some economists and investors.

January 16, 2012

How the Chinese pork prices move, so goes the world, believe some economists and investors.

January 16, 2012

How big a market is China for food and agricultural products?

There are 1.34 billion people in China and they need to eat every day. The resources needed to sustain them are enormous and dwarf many other world markets. China needs the resources of other countries and companies to help their growth. Business opportunities are available to the sharp company keeping an eye out.

January 16, 2012

How big a market is China for food and agricultural products?

There are 1.34 billion people in China and they need to eat every day. The resources needed to sustain them are enormous and dwarf many other world markets. China needs the resources of other countries and companies to help their growth. Business opportunities are available to the sharp company keeping an eye out.

January 12, 2012

SwineCast will be joining you at the MN Pork Congress (St.