Technology on the farm - what does the future hold? - Dr. Ashley DeDecker

Technology in our swine barns is becoming more and more prevalent. Through research and innovation we are discovering new ways to collect and utilize data. In today’s talk with Dr. Greiner, Dr. Ashley DeDecker discusses some limitations with current technologies along with methods for discovering and better implementing more technologies on the farm.


What you will learn:


1. Where might the industry be in 5 to 10 years


2. Increasing response time with technology in barns


3. How technology could help


4. Implementing technology into research facilities


5. Challenges with conducting research


6. Balancing animal welfare and antibiotic usage


7. Beginning the research process


8. Key points



Meet the guest: Dr. DeDecker grew up on a third-generation family pig and grain farm in West Central Illinois. She received her B.S. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Animal...

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Dr. Locke Karriker: The balancing act: animal welfare and antibiotic usage

Antibiotic use has become a major area of focus for the swine industry in the last few decades. With more and more resistance genes appearing, we need to do our best to limit the use of antibiotics so we can continue to use them as long as possible. In today’s talk with Dr. Karriker, he talks about the proper use of antibiotics in the swine industry and how we can maximize health while decreasing antibiotic use on our swine farms.



What you will learn:


1. The Swine Medicine Education Center


2. Antibiotic usage in the swine industry


3. Antibiotic resistance


4. Potential introduction of new resistance genes


5. What decision-makers should do


6. Balancing animal welfare and antibiotic usage


7. Antibiotic stewardship


8. Metrics to measure antibiotic use


9. Regulations


10. What’s in the future


Meet the guest: Dr. Locke Karriker is a Professor in the...

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Improving pig survivability with Dr. Katherine Vande Pol

Piglet survivability is a very important factor for pig producers and those first few days can heavily influence your farm’s performance. Farrowing is also an extremely hectic period with a lot to do in a very short time frame. That is why we need to make sure we are using the best methods available to keep our piglets healthy and to maximize growth. In today’s episode with Dr. Katherine Vande Pol, she discusses some research findings that help to validate some of the most effective methods for cross fostering, decreasing piglet mortality, piglet drying, and other potential methods for improving piglet survivability.


What you will learn:


1. Piglet survivability


2. Piglet temperature


3. Piglet drying methods


4. Blood samples at farrowing


5. Reasons for mortality


6. Cross-fostering


7. Functional teats


8. Lower mortality in cross fostered pigs


9. Mixing gilt and sow...

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Sustainability - different measurements and what producers can do to improve - Dr. Erin Cortus

An important aspect of pig production is being environmentally aware of the decisions you make so that pork production can continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Sustainability is a topic that we are constantly learning about and improving. In today’s talk with Dr. Erin Cortus, she discusses what sustainability means today, and how we as a community can continue to produce pork while minimizing the effect we could have on the environment.


What you will learn:


1. The definition of sustainability


2. Communication between researchers and producers


3. Common questions from pig producers


4. Next steps in improving sustainability


5. Recommended calculators


6. Carbon capture


7. Measuring air quality


9. Worldwide sustainability metrics


10. What producers can do


Meet the guest: Erin Cortus joined the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the...

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People, pigs and pragmatic solutions: Getting the best from each - Dr. Seth Krantz

All across the world multiple industries, including the swine industry, have been struggling with labor shortages. It is not only our job to create a healthy environment for our pigs, but for our people too. In this episode, Dr. Greiner talks with Dr. Seth Krantz about how to not only properly hire and train new employees, but also how to create an encouraging and inviting environment to keep the employees we still have.  


What you will learn:


1. Labor issues


2. Pigs vs. People


3. Training new people


4. Supporting the staff


5. How do we become better employers


6. Promoting “Team” mentality


7. Key points


Meet the guest: Seth is the veterinarian for Tosh Pork. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin prior to receiving his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2010....

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Disease surveillance - how S.H.I.P can help - Dr. Jeff Zimmerman

Welcome back - One of the most discussed topics in the swine industry currently is African Swine Fever. We are terrified of this disease spreading through our country due to the economic devastation that it leaves in its wake. That is why we need to have measures actively in place to help monitor this disease across the US so if it makes its way into our borders, we can eradicate it before it spreads. In this episode, Dr. Zimmerman discusses a new program being set in place, S.H.I.P, that could help us monitor and control the spread of foreign animal diseases, so we can eliminate the disease before it does the same to the US swine population. 

What you will learn:


1. The US S.H.I.P. Program


2. NPIP for the swine producers


3. S.H.I.P. Certification


4. Surveillance and samples


5. Certification requirements


6. Foreign animal disease surveillance


7. Sampling frequency


8. What vets can do to...

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[Roundtable] Mycotoxin management - what to expect and how to best prepare

Mycotoxins have always been a hassle to swine producers, especially with high concentration in the feed for the last few years. Therefore, it is important for us to understand how mycotoxins affect our pigs, and how best to manage high concentration in our feed. In today’s talk, Dr. Don Giesting and Dr. Chris Parks from Cargill discuss how to best mitigate the negative consequences from mycotoxins and what mycotoxin levels to expect in the coming year.


What you'll learn:

  1. Current mycotoxin concentrations in feed
  2. The impact of droughts on mycotoxin levels
  3. The importance of mycotoxins in swine
  4. Typical mode of action
  5. Interactions between mycotoxins
  6. Zearalenone threshold considered acceptable
  7. Impact of mycotoxins on pigs
  8. Mitigating negative consequences
  9. T-2 mycotoxin
  10. Masked mycotoxins
  11. What to expect with mycotoxins in the future
  12. Key points

Meet the guests: Dr. Don Giesting leads the MicroNutrition innovation approach and execution at Cargill. He has several...

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Introducing gilts into the sow herd - strategies and challenges - Dr. Keith Aljets

Gilt development has been a struggle in the industry for years. In  a sow operation it is often regarded as one of the most important pieces, as the largest group of animals bred are typically gilts. In his talk with Dr. Greiner, Dr. Keith Aljets discusses some of the most difficult challenges with gilt development, and important factors we need to consider when trying to overcome these hurdles.


What you will learn:


1. Gilt development


2. Key points on gilt introduction


3. What’s the best strategy to bring gilts in


4. Managing health protocols for gilts


5. Recommendations for Mycoplasma exposure


6. Other challenges for gilt introduction


7. The “must do” in gilt development


8. Sow mortality


9. PCV-2


10. PCV-2 virus detection


11. Key points


Meet the guest: Dr. Keith Aljets began working at Veterinary Medical Center in 1990 after...

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What skill sets are needed to be a successful manager today? - Fred Kuhr

No production facility, or any business, can be effective without quality employees. Arguably the most important part of any manager’s job is to understand your employees and to provide an environment that is conducive to efficiency, flexibility, and technological adaptation. In today's talk with Fred Kuhr, he discusses how best to address labor challenges, keys to finding quality employees, and how to help employees help us.



What you will learn:


1. Labor challenges


2. Help to teach people with little background


3. Proficiency testing


4. Interviewing people to work with livestock


5. Helping with people skills


6. Coaching employees and managers


7. Information resources


8. Encouraging efficiency


9. Utilizing technologies


10. Big opportunities in sow production


11. Changes in the last 15 years


12. Key points


Meet the guest: Fred is...

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Keys to systematically minimizing and eliminating diseases in pig production - Dr. Joe Connor

The swine industry has adapted with each decade to improve the efficiency of the industry as a whole. Over the years we have made some mistakes as well as many advances, and learning from those mistakes and repeating those successes are the keys to continue improving. In today’s talk with Dr. Connor, we learn about how we have managed diseases in the past, and how to use what we have learned to better manage current and potential future diseases.


What you will learn:


1. Diseases changes in the swine industry


2. Managing diseases in the future


3. Lessons learned at the farm level


4. Mycoplasma elimination on a farm


5. Disease systematic approaches


6. Key items for young vets to think about


Meet the guest: Dr. Joseph Connor is the founder of Carthage Veterinary Service, LTD. He purchased the CVS practice in 1980 and built his client service network to become one of the foremost...

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