The new “P” virus in town, P-E-D, can be devastating to swine producers, much like the other “P” virus known as PRRS, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus. Hog producer Scott Hays, past chairman of the Missouri Pork Producers Association, says P-E-Dv is not as long-lasting. Hays tells Brownfield Ag News, “I guess if there’s a bright spot it (PEDv) is over with in just a few weeks and then you go back to normal production. But, it’s very devastating to the farm, to the personnel at the farm. You know, we’re not there to pack out dead pigs and that’s what we have to do.”
Hays says the saying in the pork industry is ‘It’s not IF you get the PED virus, but WHEN’ and he’s made preparations for it, “We have some feed on hand, the ability to take care of some fairly young pigs. We have that stuff in stock, waiting because if it does hit, things have to start happening really fast. You have hours to make some of those moves.”
Both viruses (PED and PRRS) coming at once, he tells Brownfield, would be VERY bad, “I haven’t heard any cases where both hit at the same time but I’m sure it’s extremely ugly if it does. That would just be devastating to the farm. Any time you have two diseases it more than doubles the challenges.”
At the Missouri Pork Expo, Brownfield learned, PEDv cases made a big jump in January, all over the state of Missouri.
The National Pork Board website says a new PEDV surveillance test is now available due to the efforts of the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine.