The National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians have released new guidelines on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) biosecurity for manure haulers, land owners, and pork producers.
This virus has caused substantial production and economic losses since it was recognized as a new virus to the United States pork industry. The virus may cause 100% mortality in newborn pigs due to the dehydration from diarrhea. Older pigs generally recover but growth and feed efficiency may be depressed. The primary spread of the virus has been through oral and fecal contact. Thus, these biosecurity guidelines for manure haulers and producers are to help reduce the risk and/or spread of this virus and are available at your local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office or online at www.pork.org/pedv
The veterinarians and university experts working with the Pork Checkoff, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians recommend that before entering a farm or production site, both producers and manure hauling crews have a biosecurity and communication plan that is clearly outlined and adhered to during any manure handling and hauling. Cross-trafficking of equipment and personnel should be minimized or eliminate with a “line of separation” between haulers (and their equipment) and the site animals and caretakers.
The guidelines framework biosecurity, communication and planning recommendations help avoid PEDV transmission from one farm to the next during pit pumping, manure hauling and land application.
Local questions can be directed to Dave Stender, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach swine specialist at (712) 225-6196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Or stop at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee located at 209 Centennial Drive to see him in person.
For more information about these guidelines, contact Dr. Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board email@example.com; Dr. Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council firstname.lastname@example.org; or Dr. Tom Burkgren, National Pork Board email@example.com.