Episodes
The word “sustainability” doesn’t need any introduction – trying to do more with less is on everybody’s mind. Making that happening, however, is easier said than done. During his many years at R&D with animal nutrition company Nutreco as well as in his role as professor at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, Leo den Hartog never stopped asking how the industry could achieve a better feed efficiency. He is optimistic there are still many things the industry can do to...
Published 09/12/22
Published 09/12/22
In this episode we are going to further explore the topic of Precision Livestock Farming, as we are about to look into a very practical application with regard to pig health: early warning systems, like the Soundtalks cough monitor. Featuring in this episode is Dr Amanda Sponheim, part of the US Boehringer Ingelheim swine team as a key account veterinarian and also a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, where her research is primarily about identifying diagnostic approaches that may...
Published 09/02/22
In this episode we are going to talk about Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae – causative agent for enzootic pneumonia in pigs. Very recently, new insights were acquired about costs related to eliminating the bacteria, after disease broke on a naïve breed-to-wean site. Guest in this podcast is Dr. Tom Gillespie, DVM, previously the owner and founder of Rensselaer Swine Services, and currently an international consultant for Performance Health LLC.
Published 08/15/22
Producing pigs more sustainably can be achieved in many ways. Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) is one of them - after all, with technology it is often possible to determine at very detailed level what certain pigs need in terms of feed, temperature, ventilation or medication. By applying a targeted treatment, better results can be achieved with minimum input. The guest in this 3rd episode of Meet the Expert is Prof Dr Daniël Berckmans, of Leuven KU in Belgium, who is well-known for his...
Published 08/01/22
Veterinarians rely on others for our success. Identifying disease, treating disease, implementing biosecurity, conducting vaccinations, and most importantly to choose a course of action are all out of control regardless of farm size or ownership structure. This podcast discusses nearly 30 years of “lessons learned” in addressing health and production challenges in systems across the globe and how life can be easier using principles from the science of leadership.
Published 07/25/22
When carrying out surveillance to detect PRRS virus presence in a herd, there are various ways to do so. In recent years, a new and effective method was developed by Spanish veterinarian Jordi Baliellas, attached to the Grup de Sanejament Porci (or Pig Hygiene Group) in Lleida, Spain. He opted for taking tongue tip samples – and that works very satisfactorily. In this first episode of the third Meet the Expert podcast series, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and Pig Progress get to know all...
Published 07/11/22
“During winter time, the African swine fever virus may persist up to five months in the bone marrow of a wild boar's carcass” A significant reduction in Europe’s wild boar populations and good biosecurity on all swine farms are necessary steps to combat African swine fever, Professor Zygmunt Pejsak emphasises in this Meet The Expert podcast. Professor Pejsak was head of the swine diseases department at the National Veterinary Institute in Poland when ASF first entered the country across its...
Published 11/15/21
“The direction of wild boar movement in general is to the Western territories...it means from Russia to Belarus, from Belarus to Poland, from Poland to Germany and probably will be from Germany to France” As the Head of the Department of Swine Diseases at the National Veterinary Research Institute until his retirement, Professor Zigmunt Pejsak in Poland played a central role in the country's battle against African swine fever. In conversation with journalist Peter Best, he discusses how the...
Published 11/01/21
“We plan a quarantine time of a minimum eight weeks and if we use MLV PRRS virus vaccines, we prefer around 12 weeks” Gilt introduction procedures are discussed by Danish swine veterinarian Dr. Kristian Havn in the context of a herd averaging 1,000 sows with an annual replacement rate of 45-50%, meaning a need to bring in 500 replacement gilts per year. A target of introduction to the sow herd at 34 weeks old dictates that gilts must be no older than 22 weeks on arrival, to accommodate a...
Published 10/18/21
“Gilts can be the best reproductive performers on the farm in terms of conception rates and farrowing rates --- if they are not the best, there’s an opportunity there for us to go work on” For larger sow systems, a group-based gilt preparation process from weaning at 6 kilograms to breeding at 135 kg is detailed in this conversation in the United States with Dr. Clayton Johnson, veterinarian partner and Director of Health at Carthage Veterinary Services. Health acclimation should begin as...
Published 10/04/21
“It’s important that pathogen exposure occurs early enough in the gilt’s life so she recovers from the infection, stops shedding the pathogen and is immunocompetent at the time of farrowing” Divide the young gilt’s time before breeding into the separate categories of development and acclimation, says Dr. Clayton Johnson of Carthage Veterinary Services in the U.S.A. Development aims to prepare her physiology for a future in reproduction, acclimation tries to arm her immune system to cope with...
Published 09/20/21
“It is a totally new challenge for the feed industry --- a number of feed components can be quite a good environment for the virus, which can stay infectious for a longer time” In our final conversation about ASF with Dr. Tomasz Trela, technical manager for swine at Boehringer Ingelheim's regional centre covering Central and Eastern Europe, he emphasises the evidence connecting ASF infection to feed sources. These could be green crops harvested from contaminated fields, but also the virus...
Published 09/06/21
“ASF virus is very resistant to physical and chemical factors, this means it can stay infective for weeks or even months” The resistance of the virus and the difficulties of decontamination are just two of the issues facing swine farms that are located in an area where the infection is known to be present, says Dr. Tomasz Trela, Boehringer Ingelheim's technical manager for swine in Central and Eastern Europe. Quite new for swine veterinarians is the situation where wild boar represent a huge...
Published 08/23/21
“We have re-introductions of diseases in some of our farms every year, so something must be able to improve biosecurity...our plan is to evaluate all 1,220 farms that we consult” Dr. Kristian Havn is a swine veterinary practitioner with the Porcus practice in Denmark who has pioneered an innovative programme to improve biosecurity on the swine farms that he advises. In English, the programme’s name translates at Pathogen Stop. Its basis is an online survey form completed by the veterinarian...
Published 08/09/21
“Biosecurity is the only tool we have now to protect our pigs against ASF” Precautions for protecting the farm against the entry of the African swine fever virus are explained by Dr. Tomasz Trela, the Boehringer Ingelheim technical manager for swine in Central and Eastern Europe. Based on the experiences of swine farms in Europe and Asia, he warns of the ways in which that the virus can be carried in, such as on vehicles and feed. More conversations with Dr. Trela about ASF feature in other...
Published 07/26/21
“African swine fever is a very slow disease...we have the experience during outbreaks that not all pigs become infected” Dr. Tomasz Trela, the technical manager for swine in Central and Eastern Europe at Boehringer Ingelheim's regional centre in Vienna, shares his personal observations of European and Asian sow farms suffering an outbreak of African swine fever. This first episode covers on-farm lessons regarding the recognition and diagnosis of the disease; in a further Meet The Expert...
Published 07/12/21
“Sow farms that were virus positive when we started the programme are doing a lot better now...also, we have less airway disease in the growers and finisher pigs regarding problems that are secondary to PRRS” Hear from Danish swine veterinarian Dr. Kristian Havn how 40 farms in an area of western Denmark have been taking part in an area PRRS control programme over the past two years. Dr. Havn devised the programme after attending a training course where details were presented of area-level...
Published 06/28/21
“When you go over 14 live births and the sow has 12-14 functional teats, you need split-suckling protocols” Sow herds should consider split-suckling (also called shift- suckling) if litters contain more than 14 liveborn pigs in order to improve survival rates, according to Drs. Rutger Jansen, technical service manager for swine at Boehringer Ingelheim in The Netherlands and a specialist on colostrum management. Lower mortality and more marketable pigs will pay for the 5-10 minutes of extra...
Published 06/14/21
“When you go over 14 live births and the sow has 12-14 functional teats, you need split-suckling protocols” Sow herds should consider split-suckling (also called shift- suckling) if litters contain more than 14 liveborn pigs in order to improve survival rates, according to Drs. Rutger Jansen, technical service manager for swine at Boehringer Ingelheim in The Netherlands and a specialist on colostrum management. Lower mortality and more marketable pigs will pay for the 5-10 minutes of extra...
Published 05/31/21
“Our recent work demonstrated the presence of the PCV-3 genome within mild-to moderate histological lesions of aborted fetuses. This supports that PCV-3 should be considered as a potential causative pathogen for reproductive failure" Professor Segalés shares his recent experience investigating the relevance of PCV3, posing the question: What is the clinical and economic impact of this emerging virus in sows and growing piglets? During this conversation we will hear the latests information...
Published 05/17/21
“So far, all vaccines in the market have shown great efficacy in reducing clinical signs associated to diseases caused by PCV-2, independently of the genotype present in the farm. Moreover, experimental data demonstrated the cross-protection of PCV-2a vaccines against the most widespread genotypes (PCV-2a, PCV-2b, and PCV-2d). Therefore, despite the significant number of genotypes described/proposed (PCV-2a to PCV-2i), it seems one single PCV-2 serotype would exist". Joaquim Segalés is full...
Published 05/03/21
“African swine fever and classical swine fever are two completely different diseases in their epidemiology and the behaviour of the virus” How does the African swine fever virus reach and infect domestic pigs? The most common routes are spelled out in this podcast featuring Dr. Klaus Depner, a virologist and ASF specialist who leads a working group on transboundary animal disease management at FLI, the German federal institute for animal health. The virus does not enter on infected droplets...
Published 04/19/21
“We learned that it's a human-made disease so it's a matter of what people are doing and how they behave” Virologist Dr. Klaus Depner in Germany tells us that preventing the entry of the African swine fever virus is fundamentally a matter of good farm biosecurity coupled with education of the general public so they are not transmitting the virus or carrying it in food or other materials. At the German federal institute for animal health FLI, Dr. Depner heads a working group on transboundary...
Published 04/05/21
“What is the effect on antibiotics…no, no, I mean antibodies” Here at Meet The Expert, we mark the end of Season One on a lighter note by bringing you some out-take clips from the series. Hear our unintentional slips of the tongue and other moments when an interview with an expert did not go exactly to plan. Hear also the inside story of how the Covid coronavirus made us re-think our whole concept of how we would talk to swine health experts in different countries for a series of practical...
Published 12/21/20