Truck Washes a Valuable Tool Against PEDv

January 15, 2016 03:39 PM

By Angela Bowman

Mothers across the generations have preached that cleanliness is next to godliness, and it turns out Mom was right, especially when it comes to Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv).

Though the worst of the outbreak is over, PEDv continues to stick around, thriving in these cold, winter months. No barn is immune, including those at The Maschhoffs.

However, the disease isn’t in The Maschhoffs’ farrowing facilities. Instead, it has been confirmed in several of the company’s finishing sites, primarily in Iowa. 

As Dr. Clayton Johnson, director of health at The Maschhoffs, told PORK Network, it’s a far cry from one specific outbreak.

“It’s pretty consistent with what we’ve seen in previous years and not unexpected this time of year with winter weather,” Johnson said.

Instead, Johnson says it illustrates the industry’s need to increase truck washes in regions like Iowa that have higher densities of hog farms and packers.


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