With the spread of PEDV across the nation, there is a heightened-awareness about the necessity for strict biosecurity measures, especially when pigs come together at events such as auctions, weigh-ins and pig shows....More
In recent years the U.S. swine industry has been plagued by organizations which make it their primary business to film swine production workers in unflattering, and sadly sometimes illegal, behavior during their interactions with pigs. These often inaccurate and unfair portrayals of swine employees unfortunately distract from our industry’s desire to provide world-class environments in which pigs can grow and thrive. However, the videos do have their intended effect, of driving donations to these organizations and thereby funding future activities of the same nature. In every way, these organizations serve as a classic parasite, with their host being the U.S. swine industry....More
A panel of farm animal care specialists created to analyze undercover video investigations at livestock farms has examined video from a hog farm in Kentucky. The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) created the Animal Care Review Panel to engage recognized animal care specialists to examine video and provide expert perspectives for food retailers, the pork industry and the media....More
Research has shown that diseases like porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) spread quickly via fecal-oral transmission paths. The risk of transferring diseases on manure handling equipment puts extra pressure on both livestock owners and their manure haulers. The eXtension Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center has compiled a reference list of manure biosecurity guidelines and resources with helpful links to fact sheets and educational materials from a variety of sources....More
How do you defeat this ruthless PEDV virus? Where there is hog manure, there is the potential for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to find its way into a hog operation. That’s an especially daunting fact because the virus sheds at extremely high levels and very little virus is needed to infect pigs....More
Managing respiratory disease is one of the most common and most vexing problems that producers face. In swine, respiratory disease is almost always a multifactorial problem, with multiple infectious agents contributing to the clinical presentation. In the biological milieu of the upper respiratory tract and airways, environmental stressors and novel infectious agents change commensal or endemic organisms into pathogens....More
Feedstuffs is reporting on questions raised this week about whether or not porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) can be spread via feed ingredients. Following the first discovery of PEDV in Canada, and understanding that the primary method of transmission of this virus is "fecal-oral," Ontario-based feed producer Grand Valley Fortifiers, with the assistance of South West Ontario Veterinary Services announced Feb....More
A new coronavirus has been identified in pig fecal samples from four Ohio swine farms, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). The farms from which the samples were taken experienced outbreaks of a diarrheal disease in sows and piglets in January and early February of 2014. The clinical signs of the disease were similar to that of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE), which are both caused by coronaviruses. Electronmicropy of fecal samples from the four farms showed the presence of coronavirus-like viral particles. In one of the four farms, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for TGE viruses and PEDV viruses currently circulating in the U.S. were negative, but all 10 samples were positive for a new virus. PEDV and the new virus were both detected in fecal samples from the other three farms....More
The pork industry has been given a test with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). A dry run, so to speak, for a foreign animal disease outbreak. Luckily, this test comes without the loss of trade and regulatory actions restricting movement, but it is causing significant animal health and economic consequences to the industry. The PEDV response has highlighted the need for changes to the way producers and veterinarians manage records, diagnostic submissions and health information. That change has to do with consciously and consistently using premises identification numbers (PINs) on veterinary diagnostic laboratory forms....More
It has been a tough couple of weeks for the Canadian and U.S. pork sectors. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has now been found in five Canadian operations and positive sample submissions in the U.S. hit another new high with the week’s 215 samples surpassing the previous week’s 213. And finally, the House of Representatives passed a U.S. farm bill that contained language regarding neither country of origin labeling (COOL) nor the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule. Not a good week at all but what are the impacts?...More
Recently, you may have heard something about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) making a new announcement regarding antibiotic use in livestock production. Officially the agency that regulates the use of antibiotics said:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.”...More
In spite of ramped up biosecurity measures and heightened disease prevention vigilance, the Canadian Swine Health Board announced yesterday that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has been confirmed in Canada....More
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), which arrived in the United States this past spring of 2013, hit its momentum in December with the highest number of cases reported since the outbreak. It’s a peak that is continuing into the New Year.
According to one industry expert, it’s now more important than ever for producers to not let their guard down....More
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has caused significant challenges to the swine industry. The virus had not been previously identified in the United States prior to May of 2013.
Get individual fact sheets by clicking on their titles:
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) – What Is It?
Guidelines for Diagnosis of PED Virus...More
The University of Minnesota has released preliminary findings for its lateral spread study on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Researchers emphasize that the results will change as more data are available and analyzed.
Data from the first 24 company, capacity, and production type matched pairs of case sites and negative control sites (48 total analyzed) from 123 questionnaires were summarized....More
On Dec. 11, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced important steps to ensure the judicious use of antibiotics in food animals as one approach to addressing antimicrobial resistance in human medicine.
In an effort to clarify what this ruling means to livestock producers and other industry professionals, members of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois will offer a webinar to address the new rules on Jan. 28 from noon to 1 p.m....More
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.,)....More
Three million pigs may have been lost to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) during 2013, according to some estimates, says Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension swine specialist....More
Blogger Mike Brumm of Brumm Swine Consultancy at North Mankato, MN, says the biggest question he heard from a recent sow farm struck by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) was when can we start keeping pigs alive? Brumm visited to assess ventilation settings and gilt development unit options....More
The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service added 66 new cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to those reported during the week of Dec. 15, 2013, making last week's total of 185 the highest since beginning of the outbreak, reported the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV)....More