Pork industry groups have convened transport and packing plant biosecurity meetings as part of a larger effort to implement measures to control and potentially eliminate porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, according to Harry Snelson, DVM, director of communications for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians....More
In an effort to enhance statewide feral hog abatement, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced two grants totaling $55,000 were awarded to Texas counties.
Grant funds were made available through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s County Hog Abatement Matching Program (CHAMP), which supports the development of low-cost, high-return, regionally-coordinated programs that leverage local resources to combat the growing feral hog population in Texas....More
Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus is often compared to transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE). But pork producers are quickly learning if they let their guard down, this virus shows just how much more of a challenge it can be....More
A seven-year study of large North American sow farms conducted by the University of Minnesota has confirmed that the vast majority of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) outbreaks have been due to aerosol spread of the virus.
PRRS virus aerosol transmission among herds is a major concern in pig-dense regions and filtration of incoming air, in combination with standard biosecurity procedures, has been demonstrated to prevent transmission of PRRS virus into susceptible herds....More
Ohio state veterinarian Tony Forshey says while the risk of the PED virus breaking at the Ohio State Fair or a county fair is small, it's important to have a transparent contingency plan in place that will deal with the situation should it occur....More
An epidemiological survey tracking the cause of spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus has implicated feed as a strong possibility, according to preliminary data released by USDA’s Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH) and reported by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV)....More
A University of Illinois research study suggests that slaughter facilities and livestock collection points may serve as an effective means of spreading porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus.
In his analysis, Jim Lowe, DVM, assessed the risk that collection points, such as packing plants, play in promoting the initial outbreak of a novel disease organism by estimating the rate of contamination of trailers with PED virus during the unloading process....More
The Pork Checkoff has published the first in a series of updates on porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus.
Additional, periodic updates will be sent as new and relevant information is available....More
A Purdue University professor of veterinary medicine is cautioning Indiana 4-H members exhibiting swine at summer fairs to take steps to reduce the chance of exposing their animals to a viral disease deadly to young pigs.
Health officials say the disease poses no health threat to the public or other animals, and there is no risk to food safety.
Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus is spread by pigs eating contaminated feces or bedding, or transferred by objects such as livestock trailers, equipment, feed, and clothing and boots....More
Scientists, in the July 2013 Journal of Wildlife Diseases, reporting on a three-year study of pseudorabies in feral swine, found that the disease appears to be widespread in the wild, according to a newsletter report by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
Pseudorabies can afflict a wide range of mammals and avian hosts. But swine are the only natural hosts of the virus....More
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) might sound medieval, but the highly infectious livestock disease poses such a threat to modern global economies and food security that international agencies are on high alert for any sign of an outbreak.
Many livestock experts think FMD, which affects cattle, sheep and swine, is knocking at the door of the United States. Although the country has been free of the disease since 1929, experts are concerned about threat of an epidemic – like the one that struck the United Kingdom in 2001, forcing the slaughter of six million animals....More
Transportation could indeed be a key weak link when it comes to keeping porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus out of your hog operation. Collection points are especially troublesome in ease of tracking it back to the farm.
However, equally as important to staying disease-free is maintaining internal biosecurity in a production system, says James McKean, DVM, Iowa State University....More
Last week the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) submitted comments in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services’ proposal for a national feral swine damage management program.
In its comments, NPPC called for immediate action. NPPC stated the expanded national feral swine damage management program was long overdue, and inaction would increase the risk of damage to agricultural and environmental sectors....More
Canadian pork producers should be extra vigilant with their herd biosecurity, given that Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus has been found in North America for the first time, according to the Canadian Swine Health Board (CSHB).
Cases have suddenly appeared on multiple unrelated farms in the Midwestern United States, the CSHB says. There are ongoing investigations to determine the origin and common risk factors....More
The Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is now accepting samples for diagnostic testing for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), which has been recently confirmed in the United States.
Laboratory testing is the only known way to diagnose the virus. The diagnostic laboratory has assembled a team of virologists, molecular diagnosticians and pathologists to rapidly identify the virus....More
The National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) at Ames, IA, confirmed on Thursday that Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has been identified in Indiana, Iowa and Colorado. PEDV is a coronavirus associated with outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting in swine and appears clinically similar to Transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE), according to information released by the Iowa Pork Industry Center and the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU-VDL)....More
To more effectively address nationally the damage and disease risks associated with feral swine, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is considering implementing a nationally coordinated feral swine damage management program in partnership with states and tribes....More
An Iowa State University (ISU) Extension swine veterinarian says with county fair swine shows just a few weeks away, exhibitors and fair participants should take precautions to decrease health risks for animals and people involved in these events....More
A recent outbreak of avian influenza virus in China has made headlines in the mainstream media during the last several weeks. As of April 28, 24 people have died and 122 have been reported as being infected....More
Organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Mercy for Animals say they have stopped attempting to take undercover videos on farms in states that have laws that make this practice illegal. These laws, referred to as “ag gag” laws, have already gone into effect in states such as Iowa and Utah. Several other states are in the process of working to enact similar legislation. Meanwhile, the topic of ag gag laws is getting a lot of media attention, and the opinions about the merits…or lack thereof…of preventing undercover videos from being taken on farms differ widely. As I’ve read blog posts finding fault with these laws coming from within the agricultural community, I keep coming back to what I heard and saw when I attended a Mercy for Animals (MFA) press conference last summer where an on-farm video was “revealed.”...More
Using the cover of darkness, feral pigs have learned to outsmart even the most seasoned hunters as they set about on their nightly terrors, rooting up crops and suburban gardens, harassing native wildlife and turning watering holes into pigsties.
The invasive porkers have made themselves at home across more than three-quarters of the United States and are responsible for an estimated $1.5 billion in damages each year. Most worrisome is their ability to learn from each encounter with a frustrated human....More
When it comes to preventing the spread of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus, precautions need to extend to anyone who comes within infectious range of your operation — including your custom manure applicator....More