The effort to eliminate the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus started with a project around Morris, Minn. Today there are about two dozen such PRRS Area Regional Control and Elimination projects underway across the United States.

Now Minnesota is adding one more. Pork producers in the state who are interested in voluntary regional efforts to control PPRS virus are invited to a Regional PRRS Elimination meeting on Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center in Prinsburg, Minn.

The target counties for this regional effort are Benton, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Pope, Stearns and Swift, although pork producers outside of those counties also may attend.

Speakers and pork producers will discuss PRRS elimination work that is currently taking place, how the effort can assist in controlling economics losses from the disease and the development of a voluntary regional program.

A recent National Pork Checkoff-funded study conducted at Iowa State University updated the annual cost of PRRS at $664 million for the U.S. pork industry. The previous estimate, collected in 2005, estimated the cost at $560 million annually. Translate the $664 million to a daily cost, and it adds up to $1.8 million.

That study also showed that 28 percent of sows and gilts used for breeding in the United States were PRRS virus-free. As for weaned pigs, 60 percent were PRRS-negative at placement.

For more information about the Sept. 12 PRRS meeting, contact Dave Wright, DVM, Regional PRRS Elimination Project Coordinator at (763) 242-7535 or Additional information also can be found at a PRRS-dedicated website and at the Minnesota Pork Board website.

The collaborative effort to eliminate PRRS virus includes PRRS-CAP, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, University of Minnesota Swine Disease and Eradication Center, Boehringer Ingelheim PRRS Initiative, National Pork Board, Minnesota Pork Board and National Pork Checkoff.


Source: Minnesota Pork Board