PORK INDUSTRY INFORMATION
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IN THE NEWS
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has been diagnosed in Iowa.
PEDV is a coronavirus related to transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) that was first diagnosed more than 40 years ago in Great Britain. SInce then there have been sporadic outbreaks in Europe and it has become an endemic pig disease in Asia since 1982. PEDV affects only pigs and there are no other known hosts. It also poses no known public health threat.
Iowa Pork Industry Center director Rodney "Butch " Baker said the primary clinical sign is severe diarrhea, which can cause high mortality rates in very young pigs.
"The incubation period is very short -- 12 to 24 hours -- and the virus is shed for seven to 10 days," he said. "Treatment is similar to that for other viral enteric diseases with clean, dry, draft free environment and high quality drinking water."
Veterinarians should contact the veterinary diagnostic laboratory for information on what samples are preferred, and Baker said Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is well prepared to diagnose PEDV and other pathogens that may mimic PEDV.
More information on biosecurity and other facts about this virus and its potential impact is on this IPIC fact sheet. Links to additional sources of information on the IPIC website under Disease--Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. 5/21/13
Golf registrations are coming in for the 2013 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, and Iowa State University animal science professor John Mabry reminded people of this year’s earlier date of June 26. (5/9/13)
Need to be certified or recertified under the new Pork Quality Assurance Plus 2.0 program? This page has all the info you need, including remaining spaces in each session. It's updated as those numbers change. (5/13/13)
With the advent of county fair swine shows in Iowa just a few weeks away, there are specific preparation steps that exhibitors and fair attendees can follow to decrease health risks for animals and people at these events, according to ISU Extension swine veterinarian James McKean. Also, on the Iowa 4-H website see these documents for specific groups associated with swine shows. Links for exhibitors, fair board members and public health administrators under "Swine Show Health Info" (5/21/13)
Iowa Pork Industry Center will offer PQA Plus® 2.0 Advisor Certification sessions beginning in late May. See requirements and restrictions on session size, cost and attendance requirements. (4/15/13)
A new Genomic Selection spreadsheet that can help producers and seedstock suppliers make better decisions based on genomic choices is now available from the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Learn more. You can register for your free download here. (4/15/13)
Building on its successful return to Iowa State University last year, the 2013 version of Iowa Swine Day has a new format and plenty of information for pork industry members. Professor of animal science John Patience said the registration for the Thursday, June 27 event is now open. 3/28/13
Baseline Niche Production Records spreadsheet (Excel template) is an easy one-page method for producers to get baseline performance numbers. You'll need to enable macros to access the spreadsheet. Enter your numbers, then email the closeouts to Matt Swantek or your ISU Extension and Outreach swine Program specialist for compilation into the ISU Niche Production Database. Receive a summarization of your annual production for reporting purposes upon request. 3/7/13
Aug. 2012 Drought Response for Swine Producers video links
- Chad Hart, grain outlook (18 min.)
- Lee Schulz, livestock outlook (18 min.)
- Matt Swantek, feed considerations (18 min.)
- Group discussion summary (4 min.)
- Dave Stender, market weight (25 min.)