Zoetis Inc., the world’s largest animal-health company, has received a conditional license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its vaccine against a deadly piglet virus and will begin selling it this month in the U.S., according to the company.
China, the world’s No. 1 pork consumer, has slapped “temporary restrictions” on imports of U.S. pigs to prevent Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) from spreading to its herd, according to a report by Bloomberg citing the Livestock Exporters Association of the USA.
An epidemic sweeping through the U.S. swine industry, causing 100 percent mortality in suckling pigs and minimal death loss in feeder pigs and sow herds, was the topic of conversation Thursday afternoon at the 10th annual Worthington (Minn.) Bio Conference.
New data showing the U.S. hog herd is shrinking less quickly than feared is small comfort to farmers as their piglets fall victim to a fast-moving virus that has ravaged the country’s arable heartland with no cure or containment yet in sight.
Theopolis Waters and Meredith Davis
March 31, 2014
Confirmed cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) increased by 296 in the week ended March 15, bringing the total number to 4,757, according to data released on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network.
Smithfield Foods Inc, the world’s largest pork processor, suspended hog slaughter at its Tar Heel, North Carolina, plant on March 14 because of the spread of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has tightened hog supplies, industry sources say.
Meredith Davis and Christine Stebbins
March 17, 2014
Two U.S. senators urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve disaster assistance for small pork producers affected by a deadly virus that has killed more than 4 million pigs across the U.S. in the past year.
Implementing strict biosecurity procedures is as important as ever, now that North Dakota has its first case of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), says David Newman, North Dakota State University Extension Service swine specialist.
NDSU Agriculture Communication
March 10, 2014
The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) poses such a high risk to pigs that everyone involved with swine must work to prevent its spread to North Dakota, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service swine specialist David Newman.
NDSU Agriculture Communication
March 03, 2014
The amount of pork in U.S. cold storage warehouses in January hit a record high for a second month in a row, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly cold storage report issued on Friday.
Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, says it expects pork supplies to drop 2 to 4 percent this fiscal year, raising wholesale prices, as a deadly pig virus spreads through the U.S. hog belt.
Confirmed cases of a deadly pig virus spreading across the U.S. Hog Belt jumped by 215 to its highest weekly increase since it was discovered in the country in April 2013, according to USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network.
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