May and June are high risk months for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), a viral disease of pigs that causes diarrhea and vomiting in the animals. PED can be very serious and can kill younger pigs in herds that have not previously been exposed to the virus.
The next six weeks are critical due to spreading and seeding and the increased transfer of equipment between various sites. Prairie Swine Health Services wants you to be prepared to prevent PED. Here's what you need to know:
Get PED battle ready: Four keys to success
1. Maximize transport biosecurity
We recommend all farms maximize transport biosecurity. This can include:
2. Review both entry and on-site biosecurity protocols
Review your entry protocols and on-site biosecurity protocols including:
3. Follow additional biosecurity best practices
Other areas of biosecurity to review and focus on include:
4. Consult with your veterinarian
May and June in Manitoba have historically been when most PED cases have been found. Consult your herd veterinarian, review the National Swine Farm Level Biosecurity Standard and visit Manitoba Pork's biosecurity webpage for more information on where improvements can be made in your operations.
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