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March 2, 2016

What are the issues in pork that Iowa producers need to stay focused on?

There were many conversations in Iowa on the freedom to do business and adding equipment plus expertise to improve profits. Attorney Eldon McAfee shared the status on active nuisance cases; there are more in the courtroom this year than in recent memory as producers look for common ground with incoming neighborhoods [video].

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].

December 1, 2014

Dr. Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, shares what Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has taught us about our beliefs and how it connects with reality. He poses the question if biosecurity is an art or a science. And he asks how ‘leaky’ is national biosecurity? His take away: PEDv taught us nothing about biosecurity because we already knew the actions to take. But what PEDv has done is change the equation of risk vs action

What PEDv Taught Us About Biosecurity? - Dr. Peter Davies, University of Minnesota, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

October 6, 2014

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference presentations provide an opportunity to stay tuned with the issues of key importance to pork producers.

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference is always one with quality information as well as a mixed attendance featuring animal health, practitioners, nutrition and producer representatives. This event allows for the sharing of key information on issues impacting and affecting people, farms, and pigs.

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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 22, 2013

Swine influenza has lots of attention from media and consumers. What are the resources to help understand what it is and what it is not?

Swine Influenza Information and ResourcesWhat is Swine Influenza? The media picks up on disease outbreaks because this type of news creates audience attention, if just for a little bit. However, when the adrenaline subsides, what are the information sources to learn more about Swine Influenza?

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?

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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.

October 1, 2013

What are some of the ideas around "where to target for improved disease management"?

Research Supporting the Infection Chain in Improving Disease Management - Dr. Eduardo Fano, Swine Technical Manager of the Americas, Boehringer Ingelheim, from the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar,, August 16-18, 2013, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.

Dr. Eduardo Fano presents an overview on the ideas around "where to target for improved disease management". Dr. Fano suggests that the approach to minimizing exposure and maximizing immunity requires putting in place a systematic approach called "Infection Chain/Prevention Management".

July 25, 2013

One of the National Pork Board’s responsibilities is for Checkoff-funded research. The Pork Checkoff page on SwineCast highlights recent Checkoff-funded research that producers may find valuable on their farm.

A series of excellent presentations were given at the Pork Academy this year at the World Pork Expo [full list]. Below are several selected highlights.

June 6, 2013

How will Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) be handled and what are some of the concerns of barn managers and swine vets?

Conversations at the World Pork Expo on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) drew in many pork producers, animal health professionals, and the supporting pork groups like the National Pork Producers Council, National Pork Board, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the USDA.

April 15, 2013

What are the nuances of swine PCV2 infections?

From Uterus to Fetus: PCV2 unstable sow herds - Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, from the 2013 AASV BI Pre-Conference Seminar, San Diego, CA USA.

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April 15, 2013

What is the "Infection Chain" concept and how can it help swine operation managers?

Infection Chain: A new perspective on disease management - Dr. Edgar Diaz, Boehringer Ingelheim, from the 2013 AASV BI Pre-Conference Seminar, San Diego, CA USA.

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April 15, 2013

What happens before the pig cough and whatdo farm production staff tend to do in reaction to a cough?

The Chronology of a Cough: Are We Really Looking and Working in the Right Place? - Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting Limited, LLC, from the 2013 AASV BI Pre-Conference Seminar, San Diego, CA USA.

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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.

January 30, 2013

Recent swine conferences provide insight on feed economics for 2013 and details on what farm operators need to do with their financial planning.

January 7, 2013

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.

December 17, 2012

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.

November 2, 2012

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.

October 18, 2012

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.

October 9, 2012

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.