Livestock: 6 Tips to Fight PEDv This Fall

    It looks like PEDv may be here to stay in the U.S. Our job now has become how to live with this disease and do what we can to prevent too many new cases, with the expectation that it’s probably going to hang around for a while.

    The summer months saw a decrease in new cases and farmers breathed a small sigh of relief. That won’t be the case for long–the advent of cooler, wet weather heralds in an increase of PEDv cases and symptoms around the farm. One such reason may be because the barns are being closed up (don’t want to leave the curtains down when temperatures drop too low), and the humidity in the barns may rise.

    That increase in humidity, and lack of new air circulating, may be one reason why we can expect the PEDv symptoms to begin again.

    Although there are vaccines on the market, and producers seem to be experiencing some benefits from these vaccines, the control really comes down to biosecurity. That’s still our biggest weapon in the arsenal and something we should all take seriously. The following tips are adapted from the PEDv Resources (Pork Checkoff) article entitled “Top Tips to Fight PEDv this Fall.”

    1)      Communicate. Communicate with everyone on your farm, especially those that handle manure. Don’t let any of the manure crew members come in contact with the animals…don’t let them in the barn, the office areas or walk in areas used by farm personnel.

    2)      Establish. Establish a line of separation for transport. Most of you have already done this, but it cannot be emphasized enough! Any contact with a site or market could contaminate your truck, trailer or chute.

    3)      Clean. Maintain strict cleanliness of barns, trucks and trailers. Remove all manure/bedding, soak with soap/degreaser, pressure-wash with HOT water, and disinfect. Be sure to let the area dry thoroughly.

    4)      Non-farm personnel. Have a plan in place for non-farm personnel. Biosecurity is not strictly limited to those who work on your farm…anyone can contribute to the spread (animal health authorities, PQA advisors, veterinarians, utility providers, etc).

    5)      Be aware. Know your farm’s status at all time and report positive cases. It is required by USDA to report positive cases of PEDv on your farm.

    6)      Stay informed.

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