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?
Winter months for the many in agriculture are a time catchup on training and meet up with friends and colleagues. The pork industry is no exception. Coming up in January are several key events.
The Minnesota Pork Congress and the Iowa Pork Congress are in a few weeks. Both events offer an opportunity to meet up with friends and colleagues, learn about what the economics of 2013 might look like, and to learn some new information to help improve your farm operations.
What are some new approaches to PRRS control? And is there an animal welfare communications gap with consumers?
As we are nearing the end of a year, most producers are happy to it see go. Here are Christmas wishes for good planting conditions in 2013 and a 165 or better bushels per acre in the U. S. corn yield.
Highlighting conversations on PRRS Control using herd closure techniques, Dr. Bob Morrison and The Morrison Group ‘have at’ recent research which looks at the length of time to go from bad to better and produce PRRSv-negative piglets.
A recent Leman Swine conference presentation asks if the measure of pigs per sow per year is financially valuable to know. Also, Dr. Ed Pajor, University of Calgary, updates swine professionals on the group sow housing research.
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2012 Antibiotic Discussion Symposium, A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use and Resistance is only a couple of weeks away so your registration time is limited.
Learn about sow lactation and aflatoxin-tainted corn issues.
Great presentations continue to come to you from the University of Minnesota's 2012 Leman Conference. An excellent presentation by Dr. Walter Hurley on sow lactation headlines our home page and this issue of the SwineCast update.
How can sow lifetime productivity be measured and studied?
Dr. Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board, over the last year has developed a research plan to look at sow lifetime productivity. The metric has some challenges with many variable ecosystem inputs. With feedback from others in the swine industry, Dr. Hostetler has put in place a plan to understand sow lifetime productivity, how to measure the various factors, and outline a strategic initiative focus on improving lifetime sow productivity.
Swine Influenza - Recent Developments - Dr. Kristien Van Reeth, Ghent University, Belgium, at the 2009 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, University of Minnesota Veterinary Continuing Education, September 19-22, 2009, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Global trade agreements are continuing to be developed and the drought is continuing to impact feed through possible toxins in the grain.
A new conversations on SwineCast.com includes an excellent update by Kansas State's Dr. Mike Tokach looking at the impact of this year's feed costs on market weights. His research suggests you may want to be moving those finishers a couple of weeks early [audio].
This is a special edition of At The Meeting that shares how to accurately diagnose mycoplasma (M. hyo) for effective control programs in growing pigs.
Four of the leading swine veterinarians and researchers provide a comprehensive, informative overview on the use of various field and clinical diagnostic methods to accurately diagnose M. hyo in order to develop effective control programs [audio].
Can there be flexibility in how the Renewable Fuels Standard is applied? And what is new for Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae in swine operations?
SwineCast is back from China and on to North Carolina. The annual Boehringer Ingelheim Carolina Swine Health Conference offers excellent producer discussion and interaction in a family friendly environment. Please keep an eye out for the next set of presentation videos at Conference Connection to see what went on.
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.
What do you think sustainability means? Arlin Wasserman shares what it means to him and many consumers in this episode from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholder's Summit. Also, a PRRS update and information on understanding consumer perspectives is provided.
We've featured several episodes recently on the importance of putting our best foot forward before the consumer [episodes]. That's not just dressing up in our Sunday best. It's taking the working side of swine production and sharing what we do and why, then listening to the questions and concerns of our customer.
Who is involved in PRRS detection and elimination? Dr. Bob Morrison, Professor, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, provides a series of update on regional PRRS elimination efforts.
How can consumers learn more about swine farms and how pigs are raised? The Fair Oaks Pig Adventure is being designed as a place for everyone to learn more, see actual pigs in barns, and discover the activity required behind the scenes. Mike Platt, Indiana Pork Association Executive Director, provides an update on the educational venue.
Bridging the Divide, Finding Common Ground - Mike Platt, Indiana Pork Association Executive Director, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.
Making food is important and quite a worthwhile endeavor. Much of the swine management / production system changes being asked for in the USA has already occurred in the UK. Mike Sheldon shares his views on those changes in the UK swine indusrty and some of the leassons learned over the last 20 years.
Lessons Learned From Europe – Regulatory Burdens and Activist Influence - Mike Sheldon, Greenway Farms Limited Managing Director and BPEX Member, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.
The world Pork Expo is in June, SwineCast will be using a couple of new tools in our kit to keep you up to date on the conversations. Also, Do you have have multiple pathogens in your flow? Dr. Tom Painter, Cargill Pork, provides an update on a disease collection project.
The World Pork Expo is clearly in our sights as North American Pork Production converges on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines June 6-8. As you mull over your visitation plans, don't forget to check out the business seminars series and the Pork Academy seminars. Of note will be the sessions Doing what’s right vs.
Anne Hazlett, chief counsel to the Senate Ag Committee, and Pete Thomson, senior professional staffer with the House Ag Committee, provide the highlights of the current status of livestock provisions in the Farm Bill.
Creating a disease database can help sites better understand disease impact. It also can help production staff react quicker. Dr. Tom Painter, Cargill Pork, provides an update on such a disease collection project, focusing on SIV, PRRS, and Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae, and how they used the database.
What are some of the swine health programs run under the USDA and how are they doing? Dr. Troy Bigelow provides an update on the programs, where additional surveillance is needed, and what the future looks like. Take away: surveillance activities will continue to evolve and become more comprehensive.