Pig virus cases may surge

PED monitoring | Cases of the virus slowing but there is still work to do

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hog farmers have a brief respite from the worst of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and researchers are scrambling to make it more than just a pause. “It seems to be declining,” said Tom Burkgren, executive director of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, about summer temperatures apparently causing fewer weekly new […] Read more

Money to be made if PED kept at bay

Fat profit margin | Strong hog prices and moderating feed prices mean producers could bring home the bacon

DES MOINES, Iowa — The rest of 2014 and first half of 2015 should be profitable for hog farmers as long as they escape the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus and a good crop is harvested, says hog market analyst Steve Meyer. “The cost situation, with a normal crop, should really work in favour of producers,” […] Read more

The struggle to compete

Fewer than 10 hog barns have been built in Western Canada over the last several years. Meanwhile, farmers in the U.S. Midwest have constructed hundreds of barns over the same period. In Minnesota, for example, dozens of new barns are built in the state each year, said David Preisler, executive director of Minnesota Pork. “If […] Read more

Hog profits expected if virus stays out

The longer hog producers can prevent porcine infectious diarrhea virus from infecting their barns, the greater the possibilities for short-term profit. Alberta and Saskatchewan barns are PED-free and Manitoba has had only two cases of the deadly virus, which has killed millions of pigs at American hog barns in 30 states. Swine delta coronavirus, a […] Read more

Alberta Pork welcomes funds for biosecurity

EDMONTON — Frank Novak said if he was a gambling man, he would bet that the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus will show up in Alberta. “When you have as many moving parts as we have in the livestock industry in Western Canada, there are so many opportunities, literally hundreds and hundreds every day, for someone […] Read more

Hog virus driving shortage, price rally

Hog prices and profits for prairie producers are shooting off the charts. Is this sustainable or a top? Hog market analysts are debating that, and it won’t be answered until the U.S. Department of Agriculture issues its March 28 Hogs and Pigs Report. “It’s nuts,” Hams Marketing’s Tyler Fulton said about the hog price rally. […] Read more

Pork producers must enhance biosecurity

Pork producers must learn to be more vigilant than a Russian security guard at the Sochi Olympics if they want to keep porcine epidemic diarrhea out of Canada. Pork officials and veterinarians believe the deadly PED virus, which became a reportable disease in Alberta Jan. 20, will likely sneak across the border from the United […] Read more

Dirty trucks weak link in virus chain

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus | Canada has a plan to contain PED if it arrives, but clean trucks from the U.S. are key

Livestock haulers that bring cattle into Canada and take pigs back to the United States are causing concerns about potential spread of a deadly pig virus. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED), a highly infectious illness, has caused major piglet losses in 20 U.S. states. It has not been found in Canada, and those in the […] Read more

Hog disease increases in North Carolina

Hog disease increases in North Carolina

(Reuters) — The onset of cooler fall temperatures has increased the spread of a virus lethal to young pigs in North Carolina, a state agriculture official said. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has spread to 250 farms since June, said Tom Ray, North Carolina’s director of livestock health. While the disease continues to spread, Ray […] Read more