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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?

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.

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.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2013-boehringer-ingelheim-aasv-vertical-transmi...

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.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2013-boehringer-ingelheim-aasv-vertical-transmi...

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.

More presentations at http://www.swinecast.com/2013-boehringer-ingelheim-aasv-vertical-transmi...

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.

September 12, 2012

What is swine influenza and what is it not?

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.

September 7, 2012

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].

August 17, 2012

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August 16, 2012

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].

August 10, 2012

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.