Minnesota Pork Producers Asked to Take an Important Step

January 19, 2016 11:55 AM

By JoAnn Alumbaugh

Minnesota pork producers can take a leadership position if they support a new voluntary program being brought forth by their state organization’s board of directors. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health Partnership Proposal for PRRS/PED Control will help identify the health status of the approximately six million finishing pigs that come into the state every year.

Dr. David Wright, DVM, with Wright Veterinary Services, Buffalo, Minn., outlined the program during a session at the Minnesota Pork Congress on Tuesday this week. He said, “Fifteen million pigs are finished in Minnesota each year and of those, about six million come from other states and another million come from Canada.”

Supporters believe the program will: help identify the PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome) and PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) status of the pigs entering the state; assist in outbreak investigations; encourage vet-to-vet communication, and; inspire more regional transparency.

“Ultimately, we hope to reduce PRRS and PED infections in the state,” Wright said.

Read more at www.PorkNetwork.com.

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