Since we are writing one to two articles per month we wanted to update Weekly Preview readers on the changes we are making to our benchmarking database and the numbers we share every month. The Key Performance Indicators have been part of every article we have written over the last four years (See Tables 2 and 3). We have used the following Key Indicators calculated by the Top 10%, the Top 25%, All Farms and the Bottom 25% of the farms in our database....More
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a final rule that will modernize APHIS’ import regulations for BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). The rule is to make clear the United States is committed to base its BSE regulation on internationally accepted scientific literature and standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)....More
Since its first appearance in the United States in May 2013, cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus have been on the rise. As of Oct. 26, 2013, PED virus infections have been detected in 924 case submissions from 18 different states, says Russ Daly, Extension veterinarian, South Dakota State University (SDSU)....More
A victim of the ongoing porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus situation may well be the passing of a golden strategic opportunity for the pork industry to gain market share from beef. These kinds of opportunities do not come often. I can’t say the opportunity will be squandered because its loss will have nothing to do with poor, misguided or incompetent efforts. It may just happen. And that is frustrating and sad....More
Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus was first detected in the United States in May 2013 in several apparently unrelated farms, and has spread rapidly to many other swine herds creating a nationwide epidemic. This situation raises two main questions that are still being researched: 1) where did this virus come from? and 2) how is it spreading between herds?...More
The Pork Checkoff continues to fund research to find more solutions regarding combatting and preventing porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus on U.S. hog farms.
But as temperatures cool, Lisa Becton, DVM, director of swine health information and research programs for the Pork Checkoff, reminds producers to do their part by being vigilant about biosecurity.
“This virus appears to act the same clinically as Transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE), which indicates that it has increased survivability in colder weather,” Becton says....More
A two-year, $150,000 postdoctoral fellowship grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help a researcher in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine investigate how porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) depletes the lymphatic system and causes inflammation in pigs.
PCV2 has been a global swine disease that has caused significant economic losses since its first discovery in the late 1990s....More
The 2013 Swine Disease Conference for Swine Practitioners on Nov. 14-15 at Iowa State University in Ames will take a comprehensive look at porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus – the current status, control and elimination.
Other program topics include emerging swine pathogens and their control and improvements in diagnostics and risk-based controls useful for on-farm health plan development....More
I was out of the country when CDC (Centers for Disease Control) released their new report on Antibiotic Resistance Threats for 2013, so it has taken me some time to read through and interpret the report. When reading, I asked myself (and will try to answer for you), “What did CDC say about the risk of on-farm antibiotic use?” The short answer is, NOT MUCH....More
Cooler weather seems to have caused a dramatic spike in cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, according to a report today by Reuters.
PED virus has spread to about 250 farms since June, Tom Ray, North Carolina director of livestock health, told Reuters on Thursday. While the disease continues to spread, Ray said it appears the rate of spread is slowing....More
For corn not yet harvested, the recent cool, wet weather has created concerns about the growth of molds and mycotoxins. Depending on the type of mold, this could have a significant impact on pork producers, says Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension swine specialist....More
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have devised a new patent-pending technology to safely produce foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines.
A highly contagious disease, FMD affects cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, swine, sheep and goats. The United States has not had an outbreak of FMD since 1929, but the disease is still prevalent in other countries, can be debilitating in adult animals, and can cause death in young animals....More
Keynote speakers at the University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program annual Swine Institute in Columbia on Nov. 13 will highlight containment of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus.
Bryan Myers, DVM, of the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic of Farley, IA, and Linda Hickam, state veterinarian for the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will address PEDV in the evening session of the meeting at the Courtyard Marriott....More
Human health and animal health experts will be sharing their views on the often polarizing topic of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance at the “Bridging the Gap between Animal Health and Human Health” symposium in Kansas City, MO, on Nov. 12-14....More
The Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC) has organized the nation’s first state PRRS Task Force, says Dick Isler, executive vice president of the OPPC.
“As far as we know, this is the first time this has been done in the country,” Isler says. The group consists of the state’s swine veterinarians, pork producers, allied industry and other pork industry stakeholders....More
Missouri Pork Producers Association (MPPA) has set a series of pork profit seminars for December focusing on ways to improve productivity and swine health status.
The seminars are free to pre-registered attendees; walk-ins will be charged $10, which includes a noon meal and handouts. For registration, click on http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e89t7w2n5e8bbe79&llr=udj4cobab....More
As another flu season rolls around, pork producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs should get the seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health....More
Zoetis has awarded a $100,000 PRRS Innovation Research Grant to Kyoungjin Yoon, DVM, and Jianqiang Zhang, MD, investigators at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, to conduct research into virus characterization and the immunobiology of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)....More
In recognition of the increased risk of spreading disease including porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus from commingling animals at an exhibition, show or sale, the National Pork Board has published two documents addressing exhibitors of swine and the organizers of swine exhibitions.
The documents offer recommendations targeting all swine at an exhibit or sale that are physically on the premises....More
The National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD) received $2 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to develop a disease-surveillance technology designed to protect U.S. animal agriculture from potentially catastrophic outbreaks of infectious pathogens, according to John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. The project has the potential for a total $9 million investment over a three-year period....More
The first diagnosis of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in the United States was confirmed in Iowa in mid-May 2013 by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) at Ames. The two tests to diagnose active infections (disease) that became immediately available were polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunohistochemistry (IHC).
The next step was to develop a diagnostic test that could detect antibodies to PED virus to determine if pigs were previously infected with this virus....More
On an island off the northeastern tip of Long Island, NY, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are doing their part to safeguard the U.S. food supply, according to a report by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service....More
To assist pork producers and their veterinarians in the management, control and potential elimination of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, the National Pork Board has funded eight, six-month projects....More
Cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus continue to rise slowly with 17 states confirmed as infected by the virus, according to testing data reported by USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the period ending Sept. 8, 2013....More