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Biosecurity Best Bet For Pig Disease

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Part of the price of pork depends on what part of the animal you want, but no matter where you get your pork from, it's not going to be cheap.

The latest USDA numbers show a boneless loin roast averages at just under $3.00 per pound. A year ago, the same cut would have been much closer to $2.50 per pound.  Sliced bacon costs, on average, $5.35 per pound, more than a dollar over last year's price at this time.

Part of the high cost of pork is Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has been killing piglets since last year. Those deaths are finally set to manifest as a shortage of animals for slaughter this summer and will push prices even higher.

Without a cure for PEDv, the pork industry's best bet is maintaining strict biosecurity protocols, to make sure the virus spreads as little as possible.

Animal Health International is the country's largest distributor of animal health products, Marketing Communications Manager Bill Sirico says a little precaution can go a long way.

"We will have dedicated delivery trucks for specific, larger producers." He says, "We'll clean and sanitize out trucks that we own, load them, for the producers needs, bring that delivery to that producers specific operation, and then it doesn't go to another operation. It comes back and gets cleaned and sanitized again and ready to go out to the next site."

Sirico says Animal Health International also delivers household items and veterinary supplies, in order to minimize the number of vehicles coming in and out of hog facilities.

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