To date, Nebraska has no reported cases of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus in its swine herds. However, neighboring states have reported cases of PEDV making it necessary for Nebraska's hog farmers to be ever vigilant.
"The Nebraska Pork Producers Board is choosing a proactive approach," says Shane Meyer, president of the association. "Nebraska has been extremely fortunate not to have any reported cases of the PED Virus and we would like to keep it that way. "Learning as much as we can about the virus, practicing strict biosecurity and managing proper farm protocols combine to make a great start to keeping our animals safe and healthy," Meyer says.
Leading experts from the National Pork Board, Iowa State University and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture have been assembled to convey the latest available information on the disease along with protocols that have been put in place to prevent the spread of the disease. They will be part of a seminar Dec. 16 at the Holiday Inn Express in Columbus to review the status of the disease. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the program will conclude at 3:30 p.m. There are no registration fees, but registration is required for meal counts. Register at www.nepork.org or call 1-888-627-7675.
PED Virus was confirmed in the United States during the week of May 13, 2013. It is a RNA coronavirus, which is related to transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEv). However, there is no cross protection afforded by immunity developed to one against the other. PED Virus was first diagnosed in 1971 in Great Britain, and since that time there have been sporadic outbreaks in Europe.
The Nebraska Pork Producers Association, begun in1961, was developed to promote the pork industry through the enhancement of consumer demand, producer education and research.