PRRS is back in the Iowa swine herd

by | Nov 17, 2023 | 5 Ag Stories, News

On top of tough finances, we’re now seeing some disease show up in Iowa’s swine herd with a PRRS outbreak:

We’re seeing the last couple of months, we’ve had more PRRS outbreaks on finishing floors than we’ve had in breeding herds.  That is always a harbinger of things to come because you get infections on finishing floors and that puts everybody in the area at risk and especially those breeding herds. So that kind of thing is always a seasonal deal and it’s coming up. We’ve got to be prepared for it.”

Doctor Paul Sundberg at the Swine Health Information Center emphasizes strong bio security:

“Prevention message on that number one is biosecurity on the finishing floor.  Don’t let it get in there because if it gets in there, it’s likely to spill over into the into the breeding herd. So we put together in the last couple of years, we put together a big effort on finishing floor biosecurity, looking at innovative out-of-the-box ways that are cheap, something that producers can actually do on finishing floors to increase the step up the biosecurity.”

He certainly acknowledges that this purrs outbreak and the recent spread only compounds what’s been a fairly difficult year and is somewhat of a bleak outlook, at least in the first quarter of 2020. Four in the Iowa pork industry of the leading pork producer in the United States, this has been money matters. Thanks so much for joining us on the Agri business radio network.