AGRIBUSINESS: World Pork Expo Faces PEDV Threat

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The 2014 World Pork Expo is a showcase of the pork industry, coming up in early June at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

There's a trade show with the newest tech, opportunities to network with producers and exhibitors from all over the world, and educational programs with emphasis this year on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.

It's tough to overstate just how serious PEDV is. Cambridge farmer and NPPC President Dr. Howard Hill estimates PEDV has killed about seven million hogs in 30 states since last spring.

He says making sure the disease doesn't spread at an event like the World Pork Expo, which features live hogs, is a priority.

"You know we have taken some additional precautions and the information provided to people that are going to be joining us at the World Pork Expo. The National Swine Registry, which really runs the live show, they have put some new restrictions on the animals that they're going to be able to exhibit. You know they can't be exhibiting any clinical signs of a period of time prior to the show."

The National Pork Board suggests exhibitors isolate returning pigs once they're back on the farm, and to take care to wash, disinfect and dry equipment.

Hill says, "When you come to a show, don't wear the clothes and the boots that you're going to wear around your farm, when you go back to your place, make sure those don't go to the farm. Just use good, common sense."


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