Posted April 22, 2015 by Administrator
Pig farmers in America are facing a new disease outbreak called porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), a disease that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. Instances of this virus were found mostly in Europe and Asia until 2013; it has since spread through the U.S. and Canada.
While PEDV does not pose a threat to humans and the consumption of meat from infected animals is not a danger, it does impact the pig population, causing economic loss for affected farmers. Newborn piglets that are exposed PEDV generally die within a few days; older animals face severe sickness and weight loss.
According to U.S. legislators, since the inception of the epidemic in 2013 more than 4 million pigs have been lost, resulting in major losses to agriculture’s economic landscape, continues to threaten over 550,000 jobs and threatens the $34.5 billion pork industry.
In addition to swine, feed and veterinary groups working to save livestock, truck transport is an important factor in keeping livestock healthy and clean.
Here are a few tips to prevent infections from reaching your farm and your pigs. Even a small infection can cause an outbreak, according to swine specialist Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University.
- When loading and unloading your trucks, use disposable boots.
- Ensure proper truck washing techniques, including using spray disinfectant and drying the truck at 160 degrees for 10 minutes (or one week at room temperature) to be certain the truck is properly cleaned and disinfected.
- Take extra precautions in convenience stores near hog-selling locations. The PEDV can easily be transmitted in public places where the virus can be spread through your boots to your livestock at home.
Posted March 13, 2015 by Administrator
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