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PORK Academy Seminar Details

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
9:15 - 10:00 FDA ABX Guidance
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board
Harry Snelson, American Association Swine Veterinarions

This session will provide an overview of regulatory changes on antibiotic use in food animals and what it will mean for the farm. 

10:15 - 11:00 Secure Pork Supply
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University

The secure pork supply plan is being developed to help maintain business continuity in the event of trae limiting foreign animal disease of swine. Recently the producer components of the plan were piloted in Iowa. This session will provide an overview of the pilot project and the experiences of the production system that participated. 

11:15 - 12:00 Common Industry Audit
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Sherrie Webb, National Pork Board

As packers have begun implementing on-farm audit programs for their suppliers, the National Pork Board has facilitated the development of the Common Swine Industry  Audit to reduce burdens on producers and build audit process clarification across the industry. Sherrie will highlight progress of the standard industry audit and help producers be prepared when they are called in.

1:30 - 2:15 Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV)
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Paul Thomas, AMVC

This session will provide the most up-to-date research information on the management and control of PEDV within the U.S., including information and biosecurity interventions for transportation.

2:30 - 3:30 U.S. Pork Exports- Situation & Outlook
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Becca Nepple, National Pork Board

Plan to learn about the U.S. pork export markets, insight into the world economics and the growing opportunity for global trade. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015
9:15 - 10:00 Sow Lifetime Productivity
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board

The number of quality pigs a sow produces from the time she becomes breeding eligible until she leaves the herd is more comprehensive than simply measuring pigs per sow per year. It more fully represents the overall efficiency with which she produces pigs and has a greater impact on profitability of the entire enterprise. Nutrition, genetic selection, environment, animal welfare and health are just a few of the bigger factors that affect productivity. Research is being conducted that will provide pork producers with management tools to improve sow lifetime productivity.

10:15 - 11:00 Planning for Emergency Mass-Depopulation of Swine in Response to a Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Mark Rice, North Carolina State University

In the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in the United States, a method for rapid on-farm swine mass-depopulation that meets American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommendations will be required. This session will present planning tools and the basic planning concepts for an on-farm system that can be assembled from readily available, low cost materials.

11:15 - 12:00 The Swine Health Information Center- A New Defense for the Industry
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board

The experience of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has offered us many lessons. We have learned that the logistics of today's pork production is so large that the likelihood of being able to protect against the entry of another disease is, at best, extremely small. International travel has dramatically increased, and prok producers import a wide variety of inputs onto their farms. This session will share how we can prepare for future production diseases and how the Swine Health Information Center can help with coordinated federal, state, and industry responses.

1:30 - 2:15 Mitigating Impact of Seasonal Loss of Productivity
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Tim Safranski, University of Missouri

This session will provide information on the impacts of seasonality of swine, including recent research that has measured the impact of in utero heat stress on subsequent growth, composition and reproductive efficiency. More research is being done now to define the in utero effect.

2:30 - 3:15 Pork Quality
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

David Newman, North Dakota State University
Dustin Boler, University of Illinois

Consistant, high quality pork will increase positive eating experiences for consumers. David will discuss the results of the updated retail quality study along with the direction of improving pork quality. Dustin will present on Checkoff funded research correlating the quality from different primals of the pork carcass.