Having strict transportation biosecurity is one of the best ways to help stop the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, according to the latest edition. Talking with your veterinarian about developing transport biosecurity recommendations specifically for your operation is always the best course of action. Here are some general transportation biosecurity points to consider: 

  • When going to another site or packing plant, wear coveralls and boots when outside of the truck to prevent contamination in the cab of the trailer
  • Establish a clean and dirty zone for farm and transport workers to follow during load-in and load-out
  • Completely clean, disinfect and dry trailers after use; this is especially important when going to commingled sites like cull depots, packing plants or buying stations
  • Cleaning and disinfection involves:
    • Removal of dirty shavings, manure and other debris from the trailer
    • The use of a detergent soap can help to break down dried manure and speed up the wash process
    • After cleaning the trailer, use a disinfectant according to label directions to kill the virus
  • Make sure to wash and clean coveralls, boots and other equipment after transporting pigs and before contact with other pigs
  • Clean and disinfect the interior of the tractor cab before contact with other pigs

 

Once the tractor and trailer are clean, park in a secure, clean location to dry away from other vehicle