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Ideas in the swine industry worth sharing. Join extension specialists and swine industry experts as they engage in conversations aimed to help producers succeed in raising healthy pigs. PigX is a national podcast hosted by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University.

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Ideas in the swine industry worth sharing. Join extension specialists and swine industry experts as they engage in conversations aimed to help producers succeed in raising healthy pigs. PigX is a national podcast hosted by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University.

This month we are sharing part one of a four-part series on heat stress in its different stages. Dr. Josh Selsby begins by sharing information covering the grant this research project received. Dr. Kara Stewart then takes us into more detail, discussing what heat stress is and the effects of its losses.

We're kicking off 2023 with Dr. Christine Mainquist-Whigham, the Director of Health at Pillen Family Farms! Delaney and Chris move through a discussion with Dr. Mainquist-Whigham over the research she has presented on. She covers the development of the Elimination Diet Technique, sanitation methods, and vaccination protocols, in order to achieve the desired survivability rate. Chris takes us back to the basics with Christine to cover some data analytics that helped the farm to maintain consistency in pig living conditions to alleviate stress and over-chilling.

Kent Mogler, Mogler Family Farm’s CFO and IT leader, joins us to discuss the importance of engaging frontline workers on swine operations. He shares some great tools for accomplishing this task.

Dr. Paul Yeske, Swine Veterinarian with the Swine Vet Center, and Dr. Giovani Trevisan, Research Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, talk through the topic of biocontainment, specifically in grow-finish hogs. They each share research-backed tips for protecting your own herd this season, the difference between biosecurity and biocontainment, and of course, share a few take-home messages!

Dr. Derald Holtkamp and Dr. Marcelo Almeida join us on this month's episode of PigX to talk through their research on the bacteria Actinobacillus Pleuropneumoniae (APP). They give insight to what could have caused the 2021 outbreak in Iowa, and things that swine producers should be doing to protect their herds.

Joined by Dr. Chris Rademacher from Iowa State University, Dr. Justin Brown, Assistant teaching professor from Iowa State University, and Dr. Pete Thomas, Director of Health Services at Iowa Select Farms, Delaney guides the conversation around individual sow care. The men share how they have seen this concept work and tips on how to implement it on your own operation.

Dr. Ryan Brook, who spoke at the Iowa Swine Day, joins us to discuss a topic that isn't brought up much in the swine industry, wild hog populations. He shares the importance of this issue and what can be done to mitigate the risks it causes.

Dr. Jack Dekkers talks through the idea of genetic resiliency in swine and ways to employ it on an operation. He shares research behind this idea and tips on how to discovery resiliency in your own hogs.

On this special episode of the PigX podcast, we are joined by geopolitical expert, Peter Zeihan, to discuss some impending impacts we will soon face due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. He was one of the many incredible guests to have spoken at the Iowa Swine Day conference in Ames, and we will bring you a few more special edition episodes soon. In the meantime, you can hear from some of those guests and watch their talks at https://www.ipic.iastate.edu/iowaswineday.html. We return in a few short weeks with our next regularly scheduled episode to talk resiliency.

Return guests of the podcast, Dr. Derald Holtkamp and Dr. Chris Rademacher, define and discuss the concept of staged loading. Dr.Holtkamp shares findings from a study on this concept and gives tips on how to implement the practice in your own swine operation.