Monday, May 19, 2014

PED continues to spread in U.S.

There were another 191 farms infected with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in the United States last week, increasing the total to 8,421.

Meanwhile no new cases have been posted on the Ontario Pork marketing board website since April 30.

Ontario’s swine veterinarians and government officials have been saying that a combination of warmer weather and continued biosecurity ought to end the spread of the deadly virus here.

It kills almost all baby pigs and sets back older pigs for a week or 10 days.

There are estimates that about seven million U.S. piglets have died of the highly-contagious virus. 

There have been no official estimates of losses in Ontario, but the province’s second-largest hog-packing business is in receivership, partly because the virus reduced hog supplies and increased prices.