Pork Expo Brings Up Old Concerns

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It might seem like old news, but Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) is still a topic of conversation at the 2015 World Pork Expo in Des Moines since Wednesday. It’s factoring into seminars on disease management for producers, and shows up in advertisements as you flip through the show guide.

Vice President of Pork Analysis with EMI analytics, Steve Meyer, says while this year has seen less of an impact than past years, producers still have some concerns.

Meyer says, ”One of the reasons we didn’t have that impact this last winter was immunity levels in herds that went through breaks a year ago, a lot of those females will be gone by this fall. And so the question is: how high will those immunity levels be? There’ve been a lot of farms that, any of the gilts they’ve brought in, they’ve exposed to the disease, so they have some immunities, but we don’t know how high those levels will be, and so there’s still still some trepidation about PEDv going forward. We do know how to manage it better. We’ve learned a lot in the last year and a half.”

Meyer adds that commodity markets don’t seem to be concerned with PEDv currently, considering that market impacts from potential outbreaks this fall wouldn’t be felt until spring and summer of 2016.