In the fall of 2013 and through most of 2014, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) devastated swine herds throughout the nation and killed an estimated 10 million piglets. The disease became “reportable” in June 2014, which freed up government funds to help with biosecurity costs and diagnostics associated with the virus.
The USDA decided in January that it will no longer help with biosecurity payments and now in April, diagnostic testing will also be cut, reports WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa.
That means producers will need to foot the bill. Dr. Dave Pyburn, vice president of science and technology with the National Pork Board provides details in the article, and explains why it’s still important for producers to test their herds.
PEDv is still a reportable disease, so if producers think they have the virus on their premise, Pyburn says they still need to test animals and report it to their veterinarian. He stresses that even though PEDv hasn’t been a critical problem in recent months, it’s important to have the diagnostics so if it is identified, the industry can deal with it quickly and minimize its spread.
Read the full article here.