Swine moving into and within Wisconsin now have to meet new testing requirements that are intended to help control the spread of two diseases: porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).
*Note – the initial rule language also required testing for Porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV), but that requirement was eliminated on March 27, 2018.
A 2016 Pork Checkoff study indicated that PRRS continues to be a major drag on the U.S. pork industry – costing $580 million per year. Due to lower pig density within the state, Wisconsin has a fairly high herd health status. This rule could help improve the health of Wisconsin pigs, benefitting all producers.
The rule change requires farms with pigs to test for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus when moving from one premise to another within Wisconsin, or for pigs coming into the state. Untested pigs may still enter Wisconsin but will be quarantined on the Wisconsin premise until a herd plan is established. The rule does not apply to pigs moved directly to slaughter.
For more specific details on the testing requirements, go to https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/SwineMovement.aspx.
For specific situations or further questions on the rule, contact: Dr. Julie McGwin, DATCP, (608) 224-4897, Julie.McGwin@Wisconsin.gov; or the Wisconsin Pork Association, (608) 723-7551.
Testing Reimbursement Program
The Wisconsin Pork Association offers $25 rebates to pork producers to help offset costs of testing for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). Follow the link to download the reimbursement form.