Area Region Control (ARC) programs provide successful tools for producers and veterinarians to keep a close on the health of their hog herd as well as those around them.

In the July/August issue of PorkNetwork, Editor JoAnn Alumbaugh looked at one of these successful programs.

Veterinarians with Bethany Swine Health Services (BSHS), located in DeKalb County, Ill., take typical veterinarian-client relationships to the next level. In January 2010, they were instrumental in the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) ARC program and have since seen how protocols implemented for the program have become best-management practices for producers.

When Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) broke in the area in late 2013, BSHS veterinarians looked to the ARC program to better manage and communicate PEDv outbreaks.

“The ARC program really helped producers look at what else they could do on their farms,” said Dr. Mike Schelkopf, owner of BSHS. “We saw more aggressive thinking in terms of biosecurity and herd improvement.”

Read, “Control Freaks” here.