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IPIC has added one more Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification session on Aug. 26 in Ames to help meet industry need. All current PQA Plus advisor certifications -- those done under the former 2.0 program -- will expire Aug. 31. Those interested in recertifying or becoming certified for the first time are invited to read about the requirements and submit their application soon to ensure adequate time for approval and payment before the maximum participant limit of 60 is reached.
More Seneca Valley Virus (Senecavirus A) cases recently found at two Iowa slaughter plants. (7-19-16) Over the past 10 days, 10 cases of vesicular disease have been discovered at two Iowa slaughter plants and seven of these tested positive for Senecavirus A. There were no reports of seeing clinical lesions when the market pigs were loaded; any lesions and/or lameness were discovered during the ante-mortem inspection by the USDA - FSIS veterinarian. State of Iowa and ISU veterinarians urge all those involved with load-out of pigs to market look for specific clinical signs. This one-page info sheet lists the clinical signs and has photos illustrating the signs. Contact Iowa's state veterinarian Dave Schmitt at 515-281-8601 or assistant director of APHIS Kevin Petersburg at 515-284-4140 in the event of such discovery.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new VFD field pilot program is now underway. Focusing on education rather than enforcement or compliance, the aim of the pilot is to educate FDA auditors as they prepare for the upcoming changes in antibiotics access and use before the VFD program goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Because the pork industry has had a VFD requirement for specific antibiotics for several years, the pilot program offers the training and education opportunity for auditors to visit farms now to ensure compliance with this existing regulation, while preparing for the new VFD regulations for all livestock. This article on the National Pork Board website explains the pilot program and provides links to additional sources of information on VFD regulations.
The fifth annual Iowa Swine Day event at ISU drew nearly 500 attendees. Presentations from the beginning of the June 30 event's plenary session to the end of the afternoon's concurrent sessions are available on our website.
IPIC, ISU Extension and Outreach and Iowa Pork Producers Association are partnering to offer free Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certification sessions for Iowa pork producers this summer. The sessions are scheduled for each of the IPPA districts throughout the state, and run from June 8 at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines to August 25 in Charles City. See details and preregistration info.
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