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Learn more about the Veterinary Feed Directive in a free webinar provided by Iowa Farm Bureau on Sept. 20. It will use info from a recent series of VFD meetings by ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau and Iowa Veterinary Medical Association. No need to preregister, but you will want to check the connection prior to the 1 p.m. start time. See details on the Farm Bureau website.
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.
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 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.
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