February 11, 2014
Wisconsin state veterinarian bans spring fair pig weigh-ins, recommends only terminal shows amidst disease concerns (PDF)
Media Contacts: Raechelle Cline, 608.224.5005 or Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020
MADISON – In an effort to protect Wisconsin’s pork industry from the spread of a deadly, communicable virus among pigs, Dr. Paul McGraw, state veterinarian at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is issuing a ban on the usual spring weigh-ins of pigs in preparation for Wisconsin’s many county fairs. Dr. McGraw also recommends only terminal swine shows be held given the concerns regarding the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). To date, Wisconsin has seen six confirmed cases of PEDv, but nationally last week’s confirmed cases jumped to the highest weekly increase since the costly and highly contagious disease was discovered in the United States in April 2013. (more…)
February 13th, 2014
Questionable hygiene practices among meat processing plant employees, freight truck drivers and other workers at hog processing plants have been implicated in the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus across the US, according to research conducted by the University of Illinois. PEDv is spread most commonly spread by pigs ingesting contaminated feces. The virus, which is deadly to very young piglets, does not pose a health rish to humans or other animals and the meat from PEDv-infected pigs is safe for people to eat.
Nation Pork Board update (7/31/13)
August 1st, 2013
The presence of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) was confirmed in the United States during the week of May 13, 2013. The diagnostic labs in of Iowa State University (ISU) and Minnesota State University have tested 113 positive for PEDV. PEVD is a Corona virus related to other swine viruses such as transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV), porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV), and porcine hemmaglutinating encephalomyelitis virus (HEV). This is not a new virus, nor is it a regulatory/reportable disease. It affects pigs from all ages, but is predominantly causing mortality in the pre-weaning phase, with pre-weaning mortality rates of 95% reported. The disease is endemic in various East Asian countries.
June 20th, 2013
Recommendations, developed by DATCP, Department of Health Services, UW-Extension and the WI Pork Producers, that are aimed at reducing the risk of transmission of the influenza virus among swine at fair exhibitions have been released. The list include vaccination protocols, limiting the length of stay and time between shows and barn monitoring schedules. Details of the recommendations can be found at the DATCP website.
February 18th, 2013
Welcome to the new WI Swine Extension Site
We would like to thank the retired members of the Swine Extension team for helping guide WI swine producers. Welcome to the new and returning members of the team. Their contact information is listed on the right.
We have consolidated and updated everything from the old sites to help make it easier to navigate. Use the Resources or Publications pages to research available information.
November 9th, 2012
Swine Team Contacts:
Zen Miller, Outagamie Co
Dave Wachter, Grant Co
Adam Hady, Richland Co