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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Analysis of How Growth-Promotion Antimicrobial Use Helps Public Health

By:  Peter Davies, UMN Professor

Antimicrobials are important tools for ensuring the health, welfare, and productivity of pigs raised for food. Banning of antimicrobial growth promotant use in Denmark, and subsequently more widely in the EU, has prompted many entities to seek more restricted availability of antimicrobials for food animals in the USA. The primary target for restriction is the use of low dose, long term administration of antimicrobials for "production purposes". Peter Davies' project evaluated the scientific evidence that low dose, long term use of antimicrobials in pig production augments public health risks from antimicrobial resistance.

Read further the specifics of Peter Davies literature review regarding antimicrobial use on the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in pathogens in commercial swine populations.

Get Registered for 2016 PorkBridge & SowBridge Programs

Don't have a lot of time to attend a seminar or conference, but are still interested in staying current with new research and management techniques in the pork industry?  PorkBridge and SowBridge programs allow managers and employees to increase their knowledge and skills without needing to leave the comfort of their home or farm office.  Both programs are distant education programs combining a presentation viewed on a computer with live presentations delivered by teleconference from topic experts at a scheduled time or via a recording if unable to participate during the scheduled time.

The difference in the two programs is the audience they are aimed at.

Common Swine Industry Audit Workshop: A Pre-Pork Congress Workshop

Are you and your farm ready for an on-farm audit? Plan to attend a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA) workshop to get prepared for an on-farm audit. University of Minnesota Swine Extension is partnering with Minnesota Pork Board to offer a free workshop to get you prepared for the CSIA.
  • Monday, January 18 - Minneapolis, Hilton Hotel - Room Marquette IV, 1001 S. Marquette Avenue
The workshop will be held from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Attendees should bring a laptop computer to work on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during the workshop.

No cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested by January 14, 2016. Register online or contact Sarah Schieck (320-235-0726 ext. 2004) to register.

The CSIA workshop will go through the 89 questions of the audit tool, which includes records, documents, and SOP that need to be available for the audit. Attendees will be provided with a binder and a flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms.

-Sarah Schieck, Swine Extension Educator

Looking Outwards to Strengthen our Pork Industry


By:  Pedro E. Urriola, Matt Allerson, and Bob Morrison


Individuals from the University of Minnesota are makingconnections with professionals in China who work in the pork industry by offering the Swine Leman Conference in China. The mission of the Swine Leman Conference is to educate and network with Chinese professionals involved in the pork industry by sharing information regarding latest management, disease, and production technologies of pork production.

Minnesota Pork Congress - January 19 & 20

Be sure to visit the University of Minnesota's swine group booth at Minnesota Pork Congress January 19 & 20. Minnesota Pork Congress is an annual event sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Producers Association and held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. A number of seminars are held throughout the 2-day event.

  • Highlights of this year's sessions include:
  • Water Regulations Update: Waters of the United States and Buffer Strips
  • PRRS & PEDV Control Proposal - Open Forum
  • The Future of Antibiotic Use: Are you, your feed mill and veterinarian ready for January 1, 2017?
  • Trade Update
  • Manure Applicator Workshop
  • PEDV in feed: What's new?
  • Swine Health Information Center Update: Preparing for potential and emerging swine diseases
  • To infinity and Beyond: Handicapping the prospects of animal agriculture from now until you die
Additionally, visit with individuals from the University of Minnesota swine group about current research and other swine related happenings at the college. Contact the Minnesota Pork Producers Association for more information at (507) 345-8814 or mnpork@mnpork.com.

University of Minnesota Social at MN Pork Congress

Join fellow CFANS (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences) alumni and friends for the annual Alumni Social at Minnesota Pork Congress on Tuesday, January 19th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with your former classmates and network with CFANS folks in the industry you may have never met. Stop by, try some meat and cheese from CFANS's Meat Lab and Dairy Store, and spend time with friends new and old. Be sure to join the Facebook event. Details of the social can be found on the CFANS Alumni website. Be sure to RSVP if you are able to make it.
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