Dr. Jim Lowe, Carthage Vet Service, shares his thoughts on sow herd management with respect to PRRS, testing, control, and process. Dr. Lowe states there are only two kinds of sow farms: PRRS positive and PRRS Naïve. From the 2011 The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 17-20, 2011, St Paul, MN, USA.
I keep hearing it's too early to be this hot. Weights are down in combination of high heat/humidity levels and poor quality corn. Feed grain growers are urged to carefully monitor grain as we use up the last of the 2009 crop. Winter warm spots on the sides of bins and the hurry to get damp corn stored could be causing another mold bloom behind closed doors. Dr. Bob Thaler of North Dakota State addressed this issue at the World Pork Expo.
We’re pumped to share presentations from the recent Swine Forecast 2010 virtual conference this week in your email update. This program brings together speakers and groups of swine producers around the U.S. and Canada to share concerns and questions in a timely and forthright fashion. You’ll get the skinny from bankers on access to capital, market updates from Dr. Steve Meyer and a look behind the curtain in the packer/retail area of the industry.
There has been much discussion focused on PRRS eradication at recent swine health meetings. Ideally, the goal should be to eliminate this fierce killer of unborn pigs from the U.S. entirely. This week, two programs will be looking at what it might take to accomplish this goal.
I’ll be in Chicago for the Boehringer Ingelheim PRRS Symposium which precedes the International PRRS Symposium as part of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. These high-level, international gatherings bring the best and brightest to bear on the PRRS issue. We’ll have interviews and presentations available for you on the discussion next week.
Also, the presentations from Swine Forecast 2010 go online at SwineCast.com this coming Dec 9. Great overviews of several segments affecting swine production. If you missed the live webinar, you don’t want to miss this replay.