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
PEDV, PEDV, PEDV – It seems when it comes to every discussion or call lately with anyone involved in the swine industry it all starts with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). This disease is top of mind with any producer. The extraordinary measures that producers are using in terms of biosecurity or trying to figure out how they potentially got PEDV into their operation are unprecedented. PEDV can make even the best producers humble with a break, and we have seen this occur throughout the U.S. We have a lot to learn about this disease and what we can do to stop the spread of this disease going forward....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
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
The National Pork Board issued the following press release today in response to a Tyson Foods announcement addressing how pork suppliers will be implementing euthanasia practices, barn video monitoring, sow housing and swine pain management....More
This week Tyson Foods sent a letter to pork producer suppliers outlining production and animal treatment goals based on the company’s ongoing animal well-being program, according to a news release issued today....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
An Ames, IA, pharmaceutical firm is seeking broader license of its vaccine for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), according to a report by Reuters.
So far Harrisvaccines has shipped about 770,000 doses of is new vaccine that treats a deadly swine virus first detected in U.S. herds this year, which has spread to 20 states.
The vaccine, called “iPED,” was developed in August. It is one of the first U.S. companies to develop a vaccine to fight the disease....More
The results of a National Pork Board funded study indicates that Stalosan F, a disinfectant powder commonly used in the poultry industry, is not effective at inactivating porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in swine feces on metal surfaces. The review of the research was provided by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (www.aasv.org).
The state of Nebraska has remained among a group of states with no reported cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), according to the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.
But neighboring states have reported cases of PEDV, making vigilance for Nebraska’s hog farmers necessary.
“The Nebraska Pork Producers Board of Directors is choosing a proactive approach,” says Shane Meyer, president of the association....More
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found a new way to combat foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) using proteins called interferons. These proteins kill or stop viruses from growing and reproducing....More
The Swine Health Monitoring Project at the University of Minnesota has provided an update on a study of lateral spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, focusing on a preliminary report from North Carolina.
Some 155 PED virus positive sites in the state are participating as case farms in a larger cluster analysis to identify risk factors for lateral spread of the virus. The case farms are matched to two negative controls and given a biosecurity questionnaire to compare potential risk factors between cases and controls....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
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
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
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
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
The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) will focus on the theme “Our Oath in Practice” for the 2014 AASV annual meeting to be held in Dallas, TX, March 1-4.
Daryl Olsen, DVM, Audubon-Manning (IA) Veterinary Clinic, will present the Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture, “The Pig Always Wins,” during the general session on March 3.
Mark Engle, DVM, PIC North America, will deliver the Alex Hogg Memorial Lecture, “The PED Virus Challenge: Application of Our Veterinary Oath to Represent the Interest of the Pig.”...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
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