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Farmers increase bio-security to combat deadly pig virus

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 01:38

May 7 - Pig farmers in the U.S. are working to protect their pigs from the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). This comes as the EU toughens rules on pig imports. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A lethal pig virus is sweeping across farms in the U.S. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has killed around 7 million baby pigs in the country. A concern for New York pig farm owner, Michael Yezzi: (SOUNDBITE) (English) PIG FARMER MICHAEL YEZZI, SAYING: "It's not known all the details, but it's very virulent, easily transmitted, hard to get rid of, especially on a soil pasture base like we are. Once it gets into the soil, there's-no getting rid of it." Research estimates there could be a 6 to 7 percent drop in 2014 U.S. pork production tied to losses from the virus. This comes as the EU tightens rules on pig imports -- Ensuring imported pig blood used in some animal feed is free of the virus. Yezzi is taking every precaution to ensure his farm stays virus-free: (SOUNDBITE) (English) PIG FARMER MICHAEL YEZZI, SAYING: "We're just re-doubling our bio-security practices; working with people we know, making sure that before we get a delivery of piglets that they don't have any signs of PED on their farm, staying in touch with the slaughterhouses and the state vet to see if there are any cases. And then we are washing down our vehicles. We're hosing off the mud when it leaves the farm and spraying and sanitizing it. And then doing the same thing when we get back from another farm or from the slaughterhouse to sanitize it when it comes back onto the farm." While this disease is not harmful to humans, it's affecting pigs in Canada and parts of Asia as well.

Farmers increase bio-security to combat deadly pig virus

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 01:38

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