The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is no longer just a concern for hog farmers. Customers at the supermarket might soon feel the brunt of the law of supply and demand.
PEDV has been located in 16 states since it was first identified in Iowa last fall. All pigs are highly susceptible to even a small exposure to this disease, but PEDV is the most devastating to piglets. Pigs under the age of three months suffer fatality rates of 60 to 100 percent.
One Indiana farmer, whose farm was devastated by the virus, describes filling wheelbarrows with dead pigs.
Some farmers are trying to isolate their farms to protect against an outbreak. All visitors to a hog farm in central Indiana must shower and change into disinfected coveralls before entering the barn. This level of caution may be necessary until a vaccine is found and distributed. Read more here.
While it’s too soon to say if pork prices will increase because of the PEDV outbreak, customers should be wary of a possible price surge.