We believe, regardless of the following words offered, that no one knows or can accurately predict how present clinical responses to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) infections will manifest over time. There are no tested, objective protocols. There are, at best, vague indices which are often used to define “success” or “failure.” Moreover, variation is a consistent feature of biology and swine production. Herd exposure to farrowing materials has evolved on farms to be a procedure commonly performed without consideration of context, clarity of objectives or process design.
Based on our education and experience, we believe the following represents a logical, empirical, reasoned and balanced approach for herd exposure to PEDV....More
Work routines provide the foundation for successful sow operations. Daily and weekly activities are predictable. Schedules, while tight, provide enough flexibility to deal with minor challenges. The approach allows employees to function efficiently and, in general, contentedly.
Then porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) hits and work routines and predictability fly out the window. Worse yet, some of your best employees may start edging toward the door.
“Any disease break is demotivating to employees,” says Neil DeBuse, a Northfield, MN-based consulting veterinarian. “But a PEDV break goes beyond that, to the point of being demoralizing.”...More
The recent arrival and rapid spread of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the U.S. has helped reinforce the importance of following strict on-farm biosecurity measures. “We’re doing a good job of tracking and spreading PEDV ourselves,” says Rodney “Butch” Baker, DVM, interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. He offered biosecurity tips to pork producers as part of a presentation at the recent Iowa Pork Congress....More
Sow unit manager Harold Lee shares his diary documenting the fierce battle he, his veterinarians and the Meadow Hill Farm staff waged against porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Lee believes sharing his experiences may help lessen the disease's impact on other producers who may be able to learn from the Meadow Hill story....More
It doesn’t take long for the topic of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to come up in the conversation at any pork producer gathering these days. Those who have experienced the disease firsthand have a shell-shocked look about them. Those who haven’t had an outbreak are ready to do whatever it takes to prevent — or prepare for — this horrible disease. Some producers skipped state pork producer meetings this winter to avoid having the disease hitch a ride home, unseen, on shoes or clothing....More
Uncertainty surrounding total swine herd losses and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has sent lean hog futures for spring and summer contracts to record-high levels, but a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says it's possible the markets may have overacted....More
The National Pork Board recently announced additional funds earmarked for research in the fight against the future spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), which was first identified in the United States last May. The funds include $650,000 which was provided through supplemental funding approved by the Pork Checkoff at last week's board meeting and $500,000 through a new agreement with Genome Alberta, will provide new opportunities for research....More
Amid the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV)-driven pig losses, there is some good news for U.S. pork producers. First, prices and profit potential are both record high. Second, 2014 exports got off to a good start in January....More
Record prices have been set for the third-straight session in hog futures prices, which is due in part to concerns associated with future pork supplies as a result of the outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV)....More
A recent outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in Canada had officials looking at possible sources of infection, including porcine plasma protein, a common feed ingredient in early weaning diets....More
There are many diseases in the pork industry that are invasive, as well as expensive for producers. When looking on a global scale one of the most intrusive and invasive diseases is porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). Even though PRRS is not occurring on every farm, it is still one of the biggest disease problems in the swine industry....More
In an effort to respect biosecurity protocols and reduce the risk of spreading porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), USDA is asking pork producers to complete U.S. Hogs & Pigs Report data via online or mail-in forms instead of gathering data from on-farm visits....More
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