Hog producers looking for new information on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) will find it during the South Dakota Pork Congress on Jan. 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel and Exhibit Hall (3200 W. Maple St.,).

This presentation on PEDV will give those in attendance strategies on how to prevent the disease from entering their farm, as well as ideas on how to deal with the disease if it does happen to infect their herd. The presentation will be given by Michelle Sprague, a swine veterinarian for AMVC in Audubon, IA, where they provide oversight to more than 100,000 sows and 1.5 million market hogs a year.

Sprague has first-hand knowledge of dealing with PEDV as some of the farms she oversees have been infected. She is also the president-elect of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), which involves more than 1,300 members in 40 countries.

This presentation is free and open to everyone involved in the swine industry from employees, managers, owners, veterinarians and allied industry to hear from an expert that has first-hand knowledge of dealing with this devastating disease.

Producers and employees looking for more information may contact Ashley Gelderman, South Dakota State University (SDSU), at (605) 782-3290 ashley.gelderman@sdstate.edu or Bob Thaler, SDSU Extension swine specialist at (605) 688-5435 or robert.thaler@sdstate.edu.

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