Pork Industry Proposes Changes to Further Control PRRS/PEDv

In an effort to help pork producers further prevent exposure to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), members of a pork industry task force are recommending administrative rule changes to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Production (DATCP.) The rule changes ask that further controls be put in place on pig movements into and within the state. Members of the task force include pork producers representing a variety of Wisconsin farms, veterinarians and other industry representatives.  The goals of the proposed changes are to control and reduce prevalence of PRRS and PEDv, and to prevent spread on positive sites. A 2011 Pork Checkoff study indicated that PRRS continues to be a major drag on the U.S. pork industry – costing the pork industry $664 million per year.

The draft rule would establish testing requirements for PRRS and PEDv within 90 days prior to movement for most pigs entering the state, and for most pigs moving from one premise to another premise within the state. If pigs test positive, the herd would be quarantined until a herd plan is developed by the producer and his veterinarian and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. The goal of the herd plan is to bring the herd to negative PRRS and PEDv status and limit the spread of the disease. Template herd plans will be available for producers and veterinarians.

There are a number of ways to test for PRRS and PEDv, but one method to collect samples that has been widely used is to collect saliva from pigs in the herd by hanging a cotton rope in pens. WPA is providing rope test kits for producers to begin testing. You can contact the WPA office to request a test kit.  A video showing how to collect oral fluids can be viewed here. Producers can collect fluids on their own and submit the samples through their vet clinic.

For more details on the proposed rule, see the links below:

DATCP Hearing Draft

Frequently Asked Questions

Current Animal Health Movement Requirements

Recording of March 23, 2017 Informational Webinar