Producers may not have expected in early 2013 that the outbreak of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus would reach such large proportions, or that national hog organizations, economists and veterinarians would still be trying to understand its causes and implications almost a year after its discovery.
But the fight is ongoing – and producers are still at risk. Here's a recap of the controls and impacts of PEDV.
1. Pork futures rise along with PEDV concerns. Pork chop prices are set to rise as much as 25% this summer as a deadly virus sweeps through the hog herd in U.S. (3-12) Omaha World-Herald
2. …But have markets correctly gauged impact? The number of animals coming to market is close to the number indicated by the USDA December Hogs and Pigs Report, economist says. (3-6) Farm Progress
3. Diving deeper into the economics of the issue. While prices and profit potential are both at record highs, exports appear positive, too. (3-10) National Hog Farmer
Feed and Control
4. Canadian feed scare leads to a deeper review. Canada's Food Inspection agency questions the role of blood plasma in transmission of PEDV, leading to further testing. (2-25) Manitoba Co-operator
5. PEDV control measures the target of HSUS questions. The Humane Society of the United States releases video questioning hog farm's control methods. (2-20) Feedstuffs & National Hog Farmer
6. Britain's hog producers on high alert. The British pig industry is recommending testing for all products that include spray-dried porcine plasma on UK farms. (3-12) Meat Info UK
Preparation and Biosecurity
7. Understanding biosecurity. Presenters at the American Feed Industry Association Symposium discuss control of diseases, including PEDV. (3-12) Feedstuffs Foodlink
8. Added funding. Hog organizations are stepping up the fight against the disease through continued research, announcing more than $1 million for feed research and sow immunity. (3-11) Farm Progress
9. Shipping, show security paramount. The Pork Checkoff has provided resources for hog show organizers to prevent commingling of affected hogs. (2-24) National Hog Farmer
Also check out a farmer's take on the issue: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Affects All Hog Farms