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Highlights from 2017 Leman Conference
SVC's Dr. Chris Sievers provides the following highlights from this year's Leman conference held on September 16-19
  • Dr. Bob Morrison Honored
    • Dr. Bob Morrison who was tragically lost this summer in a car accident was honored multiple times through out the conference. Dr. Morrison mentored many veterinarians, researchers, and production personnel throughout his career. He has made countless contributions to our industry, with the most recent being the Swine Health Monitoring Program (HMP) which is helping us measure the incidence of PRRSv, PEDv, and SVV breaks in the industry. Dr. Morrison's leadership in being a lifelong learner and collaboratively sharing information set the tone for this year's conference and serves as a great reminder for us all as what to strive for in our respective careers.
  • Biosecurity
    • Multiple talks and breakout sessions touched on the importance of biosecurity with a focus on transportation
    • Seneca Valley Virus
  • Sow Mortality
    • As outlined in last month's newsletter, an increase in sow mortality continues to be a focus of the industry. Some groups report sow mortality nearly doubling since 2013. No one clear answer has been found, but many topics were discussed.
  • SVC had a strong presence again this year at the conference with 4 presentations:
    • Dr. Paul Yeske presented 'Assessment of the Likelihood of Rate of M.hyopneumoniae Lateral
    • Transmission' and 'A Survival Analysis of M.hyopneumoniae Elimination'.
    • Dr. Laura Dalquist presented 'A Veterinarian's Perspective of Strep. Suis Over the Past Decade'
    • Dr. Jake Schwartz presented 'Lessons Learned from Recent SVV Outbreaks in Finishing Sites'

Ventilation Review
Correct ventilation is a very important piece of pig health and performance that is commonly overlooked. Some key pieces to look at to ensure that ventilation is working properly in your barn heading into fall and winter are outlined in SVC's September newsletter.

Recent Newsletters

Date/Link Articles
September-2017 Highlights from the 2017 Leman Conference, Ventilation Review
August-2017 Transitional Weather Adds to Environmental Stress, How Farrowing Rate Impacts the Cost of Production, Sow Production Data Analysis - Sow Death Loss, Congratulations to the Schwecke Family!
July-2017 3rd Party Audits-Are You Prepared?. Highly Detectable Needles, Pork Avenue Training Portal-Now Available Thru SVC, Congratulations to the Krohn Family
June-2017 Welcome Dr. Henry Johnson, New Products Seen at the World Pork Expo, More on Hot Weather Management, Recap of Recent North of 212 PRRS ARC Meeting
May-2017 Farrowing Piglet Scours: Prevention and Control, A New Approach to Fly Control for Swine Operations, In Memorium: Dr. Bob Morrison, Troubleshooting Guide to Scours in the Farrowing House
April-2017 Tail Biting - Making a Comeback?, Checklist for Summer Heat Management of Sows
March-2017 Congratulations to Dr. Mike Eisenmenger-2017 AASV Swine Practitioner of the Year, AASV Meeting and "Take Aways"
February-2017 SVC Swine Necropsy Day, Provide Ad-Lib Feed to Improve Reproductive Performance, Update on Prolapses in Sows, 2016 Iowa Pork All-American Goes to Time and Erin Brenneman of Brenneman Pork, Inc
January-2017 Ask our Pathologist, Regulatory Updates, Review of a Study on ANtibiotic Resistant Bacteria on a Swine Farm, Congratulations to the Compart Family-2017 "Minnesota Pork Board Family of the Year"
December-2016 Thank you and Happy New Year, Changes Effective January 1, Biosecurity Review...Don't "Track It Back" from Finishing, 5 Biosecurity Principles
November-2016 VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive)...The Last Hour!, VFD's Commonly Asked Questions, 2017 Requirements for Water Soluble Medications, Mycotoxins...What to Watch For
October-2016 2016 Leman Conference Highlights-GMO Debate, Gut Health and Antibiotic Use, Fall Preparation~Biosecurity, Feed Mill Audits-Let us know if you need one!