Jul 23
12:00pm Registration opens

Pre-Conference session

12:30pm Welcome

Dr. Chris Rademacher, Clinical Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

12:35pm AASV factsheets (NGS, Recombination)

Dr. Giovani Trevisan Research Assistant Professor, & Dr. Rabsa Naseer, Graduate Student, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Information about how to use next generation sequencing for PRRSV management and occurrence of recombination, implications, and how to avoid will be presented. Both subjects are part of two factsheets recently developed by the PRRSV Task Force Committee and approved by the AASV Board.

12:47pm Bioinformatics for PRRSV Sequences: Tools & Applications

Rabsa Naseer, Graduate Student, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome is the most economically important swine disease in North America. The Swine Disease Reporting System and the Iowa State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have developed a suite of bioinformatics tools to meet the challenge of this disease. This presentation will guide you through a suite of tools that allow clients to have an overview of PRRS prevalence, which lineages are prominent, and provides comparison and classification for client sequences.

12:59pm PRRSV in U.S. Swine Herds: Updated Economic Costs Attributable to Lost Productivity

Dr. Henry Osemeke, Postdoctoral Associate, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

The most recent estimate of the economic impact of lost productivity in U.S. swine herds due to PRRSV was published in 2013, based on data from 2005 to 2010. Over the past decade, the U.S. swine industry has made significant advancements in prevention, control, and elimination strategies for PRRSV, Mhp, and other important swine pathogens. Additionally, we’ve seen the emergence and reemergence of PRRSV variants, as well as fluctuations in prices and costs.Given all these changes, has the economic impact of PRRSV shifted?

1:11pm PRRS Outbreak Management Program (POMP) - Lessons Learned from over 400 outbreaks

Dr. Chris Rademacher, Clinical Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Review of the POMP program, including what it takes to enroll and what we are learning in terms of production practices that will limit the impact from PRRS outbreaks in breeding herds.

1:23pm How Do your PRRSV Recovery Metrics Compare with the Industry’s Data?

Dr. Ana Paula Silva, Postdoc Research Associate, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

POMP is an epidemiologic tool that gathers information on health interventions to control outbreaks and tracks PRRSV outbreak recovery production outcomes. As various swine companies are enrolled, POMP can be used for benchmarking to understand how and where the swine producers need to change to improve performance.

1:35pm History and Update on the Boehringer GRANTS Research Program

Dr. Reid Phillips, A.D. Technical Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, Parkville, MO

The presentation will review and summarize the history of the BI-GRANTS research program.  Will highlight selected research projects that have generated field applicable research knowledge and provide an update of recent research awards and projects.

1:47pm When to Use Each Sample Type as Part of the PRRSv Monitoring?

Dr. Isadora Machado, Graduate Student, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

In recent years, population-based options for PRRSV monitoring have emerged, such as oral fluids (OF), family oral fluids (FOF), processing fluids (PF), and tongue fluids (TF). A common question from producers is, “When should I opt for each sample type?” This study summarizes previous research and guides veterinarians and pig producers to strategize PRRSV monitoring in breeding herds undergoing PRRSV elimination.

1:59pm Production Data-Based Monitoring for Sow Herds and Grow-Finish

Dr. Mafalda Mil-Homens, Graduate Student, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

The presentation will emphasize the importance of leveraging industry data, such as key production indicators collected on swine farms, to enhance disease surveillance systems.

2:11pm Gilts – How to Monitor and Decide if Acclimation is Okay

Dr. Daniel Linhares, Professor and Director of Graduate Education, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

How do you assess your gilt acclimation? are naïve gilts really naïve? are the ones entering endemically infected herds immunized but not shedding? how do you know if there are opportunities to fix & improve gilt acclimation practices?

2:23pm Q&A Panel

2:53pm Break

3:13pm Using Killed PRRS Vaccine in Conjunction with Herd Closure for PRRS Elimination

Dr. Paul Yeske, Veterinarian, Swine Vet Center, P.A., St. Peter, MN

Will describe some clinical case studies using killed PRRS vaccination in conjunction with herd closure for PRRS virus Elimination. Goals of this use would be to reduce time to low prevalence in herds and allow for more traditional herd closures.

3:25pm Data-Driven Decisions on the PRRSV Response Plan

Dr. Tyler Bauman, Herd Veterinarian, The Maschhoffs, Eldora, IA

Strategic preparedness in preventing and/or limiting the impact of PRRS presents a tremendous challenge when attempting to account for multiple field setting variables. This presentation focuses on efforts with specific modelling and long term data collection to reduce the noise and make the best informed decisions for PRRS management.

3:37pm Tools for PRRSV Monitoring & Control: Today and (Wish List) Future

Dr. Joel Sparks, Veterinarian, AMVC, Frankfort, IN

PRRSV diagnostics provide insights to aid in the understanding and management of this economically significant viral infection. Integrating new with traditional methods enhances surveillance and control efforts, offering a promising pathway towards mitigating the impact of PRRSV in clinical practice.

3:49pm Q&A panel

4:14pm Gilts (Acclimation: What, How, When)

Dr. Clayton Johnson, Director of Veterinary Services, Carthage Veterinary Services, LTD, Quincy, IL

A review of the principles and value proposition of gilt acclimation and how it varies from gilt development.  Specific advice for how to acclimate to PRRS, reasonable expectations of a gilt acclimation program and useful metrics to monitor regarding your gilt acclimation program.

4:26pm A Comparative Experience on PRRS Management in Canada Versus the US

Dr. Luc Dufresne, Veterinarian, Service Vétérinaire Luc Dufresne Inc, Canada

4:38pm Batch Farrowing to Reduce Pressure of Infection/Break the Infection Chain

Dr. Jason Hocker, Managing Partner, AMVC, Audubon, IA

4:50pm Q&A Panel

5:20pm Closing Remarks

Dr. Daniel Linhares, Associate Professor and DOGE, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

5:30pm Social sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

Jul 24
7:00am Registration opens

Morning Plenary Session

8:00am Welcome

Dr. Dan Grooms, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

8:15am Update on ISU VDL & Role of Swine Practitioners in the US Swine Health Improvement Plan

Dr. Rodger Main, Professor and ISU VDL Director, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Dr. Main will provide a timely update on the new goings on around the ISU VDL and the opportunities ahead for swine practitioners in supporting the engagement and certification of their clientele’s pork production operations in the US Swine Health Improvement Plan.

8:45am Roy Schultz Lecture: The PRRS-resistant pig - a transformational technology

Dr. Lucina Galina, Director of Technical Projects, PIC/Genus, Hendersonville, TN

9:30am ISU Science in Practice Award and Roy Schultz Graduate Student Awards

Dr. Chris Rademacher, Clinical Professor, VDPAM, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

9:45am Break

10:15am Pork Market Outlook

Dr. Lee Schulz, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

This presentation will summarize the current supply and demand situation, draw implications for hog and pork markets, and outline a series of broader issues shaping the marketplace.

11:00am Prop 12 Implementation Round Table

PJ Corns, Technical Director, JBS, Oskaloosa, IA
Dr. Carlos Roudergue, Prop 12 Project Manager, Country View Family Farms, Middletown, PA
Dr. Bryan Myers, Veterinarian, Pipestone Veterinary Services, Independence, IA

12:00pm Lunch

Concurrent session: Scientific track

1:10pm Isolation and Characterization of Porcine Sapovirus Genogroup III

Ethan Aljets, Graduate Student, Iowa State University Diagnostics Lab, Ames, IA

1:25pm Association of manure pumping practices with pig health outcomes in wean-to-finish

Dr. Daniel Moraes, Graduate Student and Dr. Ana Paula Silva, Postdoc Research Associate, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Manure pumping is a common practice for repurposing waste from pig sites as a valuable fertilizer for crop fields. However, manure agitation and spreading can inadvertently move pathogens from one location to another, serving as a dangerous fomite and potentially jeopardizing the health of on-site pigs. The study aimed to describe the association between manure pumping practices and health outcomes in wean-to-finish sites (W2F).

1:40pm Proteomics and Metabolomics – An Introduction and Overview of Their Applications

Dr. Logan Johnson, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

In this session, Logan will provide a brief introduction to proteomics and metabolomics. Also, the utility of these technologies and ways to interpret and utilize their results will be explored.

1:55pm The Web-Based Standardized Outbreak Investigation: New Tool to Help Identify and Prioritize biosecurity hazards

Dr. Kate Dion, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

This presentation will discuss the recently developed web based program for the use of conducting outbreak investigations to identify and prioritize biosecurity hazards to improve swine health.

2:10pm Evaluation of Readily Available Technologies for Truck Cabin Decontamination

Thinh Pham Tien, Graduate Student, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of ozone gas and air-ionizing technology in inactivating PRRSV and PEDV, common swine viruses, on non-porous surfaces within truck cabins. By addressing key research questions and aligning with biosecurity priorities, the study seeks to validate innovative decontamination approaches to ensure the safety and biosecurity of truck drivers and their cargo

2:25pm What Do We Know About Biosecurity Measures for Wean-to-Finish Sites?

Mariah Negri Musskopf, Research Assistant/Master Student. ISU Field Epi, Ames, IA\

A description of what we have learned so far regarding the biosecurity measures being applied to wean-to-finish sites in the US nowadays.

2:40pm Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Experiments in Swine at the USDA: Recent Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Bailey Arruda, Research Veterinary Medical Officer, ARS USDA, Ames, IA

3:00pm Break

3:20pm Water Line Biology: Challenges and Opportunities for Water System Management

Dr. Gabi Doughan, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Provide updates on water line biofilm characterization and water quality research, and discuss water line disinfection control strategy challenges and opportunities.

3:40pm Telehealth: What Works, What’s Legal, and Questions to Be Solved.

Dr. Locke Karriker, Morill Professor, Swine Medicine Education Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

This session will examine the complex regulatory landscape for using Telehealth in swine and review research validating efficacy and accuracy of digital connections between farms and veterinarians.

4:00pm Gilt Development Evaluation: Impact of Production Practices on Growth and Reproductive Parameters

Dr. Christine Mainquist-Whingham, Director of Health, Pillen Family Farms/DNA Genetics, Columbus, Nebraska

This presentation reviews field data and trial data aimed at evaluating the influence of production practices on gilt performance.  Stocking density, growth rate, onset of estrus, and heat detection accuracy were all factors impacting the success of the gilt wean to breed.  There are some additional clues to indicate impact on sow mortality and performance in the breeding herd.  This discussion dives into the details of the trials and the potential implications and best practices recommendations.

4:20pm Vaccine Technology – Platforms Available to the Swine Industry

Dr. Mike Roof, Chief Technology Officer – Vaccines, Diagnostics, and Immuno, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

The presentation will give an overview of USDA/CVB policy and the available vaccine formats and platforms available to the swine veterinarian.  The presentation will cover fully licensed products, autogenous, and highlight recently available platform and prescription vaccines.

4:40pm Development of Quantitative PCRs That Differentiate Dead From Live Viruses

Dr. Declan Schroeder, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Our viability PCR assay was recently published in the Virology Journal (Balestreri et al 2024), which clearly demonstrates our ability to accurately measure the stability of three viruses (EhV, ASFV & PRRSV) under different temperature exposures. We also applied this assay to calibrate current mitigation or inactivation methods that previously relied solely on cell culture-based methods data to confirm virus inactivation. Confirming the viable state for viruses could have unprecedented implications for businesses directly or indirectly connected to the swine industry.

Concurrent session: Applied and Cases track

1:10pm Clinical Observation of PRRS Vaccine Recombination

Dr. Joel Sparks, Veterinarian, AMVC, Frankfort, IN and Dr. Giovani Trevisan

That’s not what I expected! Here are field examples of modified live PRRS vaccines given at different times that found each other and mixed to make something different.

1:25pm Sequencing Platforms and their Applications in Swine Diagnostics

Dr. Joseph Thomas, Diagnostic Pathologist,, Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Ames, IA

This will be a brief review of the history of different sequencing techniques/platforms, their strengths and weaknesses, and their practical application to swine diagnostics.

1:40pm Flu Surveillance and Vaccine Updates Using Diagnostic Testing Data

Swaminathan Jayaraman, Graduate Student, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

This study presents a novel approach to IAV regional surveillance by creating a system that leverages individual site-level information from multiple participating production systems and combines it with their diagnostic testing data from the respective diagnostic laboratories. This integrated approach offers a more comprehensive understanding of IAV, enabling the development of tailored control strategies and enhancing the overall management of IAV in swine populations.

1:55pm Understanding pre- and post-weaning pig intestinal health

Dr. Nick Gabler, Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Enteric pathogens and/or diet changes often antagonize suckling and nursery pig health and performance, and may increase the risk of morbidity and mortality. This work is examining the causes and impact of gastroenteritis in suckling and nursery age pigs.

2:10pm One Man's Trash is Another Man's PRRS

Dr. Jessica Davenport, Veterinarian, JBS Live Pork, Columbia, MO

A time lapse analysis of how one PRRS virus navigated its way through multiple contract sow systems and the common threads, including a widely utilized trash truck service, that could have aided in its movement.

2:25pm Nutritional Considerations to Address Post-Weaning E.coli

Dr. Laura Greiner, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

E coli has become a significant issue in nurseries over the last four years.  This presentation will provide some insight on nutritional considerations to minimize the impact of the disease in the nursery.

2:40pm A Helping Hand: Working with Health & Animal Care Associates in the Maschhoffs

Dr. Corrine Fruge, Head Veterinarian, The Maschhoffs, Arnold, NE

How The Maschhoffs uses Health & Animal Care Associates in and out of the field to aid the veterinary team.

3:00pm Break

3:20pm E.coli Case Studies – NFP and Sire Line Studies

Dr. Marcelo Almeida, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA and Dr. Lucina Galina, Director of Technical Projects, PIC/Genus, Hendersonville, TN

In the last 5 years, the US swine industry has seen an increase in post-weaning diarrhea cases caused by F18 Escherichia coli. A natural genetic resistance associated with different genotypes of the gene FUT1 has been described. With the increase in cases of F18 E. coli, questions regarding susceptibility in pigs of specific genetic lines have risen. This talk will address the questions of genetic resistance and susceptibility to F18 E. coli in different genetic lines and the outcomes of the challenge with a contemporary highly virulent isolate.

3:40pm Experiences with Killed PRRS Vaccine

Dr. Paul Yeske, Veterinarian, Swine Vet Center, P.A., St. Peter, MN

4:00pm Breeding Programs to Implement PRRS Resistant Pig Genes

Dr. Clayton Johnson, Director of Veterinary Services, Carthage Veterinary Services, LTD, Quincy, IL

A review of the breeding program options and associated timelines for producers looking to implement PRRS resistant genes into their pig flows

4:20pm Swine Health Information Center Update on Wean to Harvest Biosecurity Research

Dr. Lisa Becton, Associate Director, Swine Health Information Center, Garner, NC

An update on SHIC/FFAR/NPB Wean to Harvest Biosecurity research outcomes will be provided.

4:40pm Control of Rotavirus associated pre-weaning diarrhea with use of prescription platform vaccine - a practitioner's perspective

Dr. Jordan Graham, Veterinarian, Swine Vet Center, Milford, IA

Preweaning diarrhea associated with Rotavirus infection has been common and difficult to manage in sow herds for many years. Commercial vaccines have been limited in protection while a new prescription platform offers a potential wider range of protection. This discussion will provide an outline of options available and field experience using the platform.

5:00pm Conference adjourns

ISU Swine Networking Social

Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd, Ames, IA 50014

5:30pm Bar opens and barbeque service begins

Organized and sponsored by AB Vista, Iowa Pork Industry Center, Lynch Livestock and TechMix