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Killer Virus Takes Emotional Toll on Pig Farmers
NBC News ^ | April 28th 2014, 5:16 am | Miguel Llanos

Posted on 04/28/2014 9:21:02 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Last Christmas was one farmer Greg Lear would rather forget.

“Yeah, some merry Christmas,” he said of the December 19th call from his farm manager with news that all the sows, or breeding females, were throwing up and many had diarrhea. The sows survived, but within 96 hours “we probably had 500 little pigs that were dead,” said Lear.

As fate would have it, the Spencer, Iowa, farm he helps run was next in line to be hit by a virus that’s killed several million piglets across the country in the last 12 months. Rising pork prices have more than offset the financial damage, but the unknowns about the disease have farmers fretting that the worst is yet to come.

What killed Lear’s piglets was the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), a disease first reported in 1971 in Britain but never identified in the U.S. until April 2013. Officials believe this strain came from China and, by within 12 months, PEDv cases were reported in 30 states. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: epidemicdiarrhea; pork; porkprice; virus

1 posted on 04/28/2014 9:21:02 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Officials believe this strain came from China????

Could this be.....an example of “germ warfare”?


2 posted on 04/28/2014 9:24:36 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Olog-hai

Is this why bacon is over $5/lb?


3 posted on 04/28/2014 9:25:10 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

These hog barns are typically isolated by a quarter mile from the road,plus the farmers I know use biological safeguards.So how is the virus getting in?


4 posted on 04/28/2014 9:27:19 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Have to admit the thought crossed my mind.


5 posted on 04/28/2014 9:28:02 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Olog-hai

China is destroying tis country’s food supply and we pay China to do it. We should do to China what Japan did to us. No food comes in from China without being inspected first.

Does it mean food will spoil before it hits the markets? Yup. Oh well. Better then having our food supply deatroyed.


6 posted on 04/28/2014 9:28:09 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

theyve sent us so many batches of poison pet food,, toxic drywall..etc..etc.

this would be something of an ESCALATION particulary if its discovered that the virus can directly affect humans


7 posted on 04/28/2014 9:30:56 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Farmer Dean

Youve had an outbreak?


8 posted on 04/28/2014 9:32:08 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Farmer Dean
So how is the virus getting in?

Possibly people are asymptomatic carriers, but nobody is really sure.

9 posted on 04/28/2014 9:32:09 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Olog-hai

Well maybe it woulld make sense not to have such large scale pig farms.


10 posted on 04/28/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: Farmer Dean

Many are climate controlled. You don’t get in with out boot covers and in some cases Tyvek coveralls. Lot of questions, airborne, insects, feed.....?


11 posted on 04/28/2014 9:35:47 AM PDT by cork (Gun control = hitting what you aim at)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Not yet.Closest cases are in Michigan,last I heard.


12 posted on 04/28/2014 9:36:09 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

The feed stocks?

Where do they come from? The Chinese dog food manufacturers?


13 posted on 04/28/2014 9:38:01 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Olog-hai
Those piglets that haven’t died from dehydration are euthanized with carbon monoxide, and then the carcasses are trucked to rendering plants to be recycled as animal feed.

The National Renderers Association says the carcasses are heated to a minimum of 240 degrees for 40 minutes -- much higher than what’s been proven to kill the virus.

Does anyone else have a problem with this? Isn't this how mad cow disease was spread, feeding animal remains to other animals. Does 240 degrees kill prions?

14 posted on 04/28/2014 9:41:11 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: Farmer Dean

As I understand it the guy in the article bought a bunch of piglets from someone in China. I suspect the virus came with the bundle.


15 posted on 04/28/2014 9:41:29 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: headstamp 2
How long can the virus survive without a host?Feed stocks would be a scary scenario.
16 posted on 04/28/2014 9:43:01 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I was hoping someone would notice that. That kind of stuff ought not be animal feed whatsoever. Only creatures with low-pH stomach acid, e.g. the scavengers (crows, condors, vultures, etc.) can handle such stuff as food.


17 posted on 04/28/2014 9:47:40 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Rising pork prices have more than offset the financial damage, but the unknowns about the disease have farmers fretting that the worst is yet to come.’

WHAT??? High price with 0 pigs from a sow makes up for low price with 9 pigs per sow. BS

China bought Smithfield last year. Don’t know if that answers it or not.

Many are indoors now so it would be more difficult to spread. Feed trucks, birds, etc... could spread it outside and it get carried inside.


18 posted on 04/28/2014 9:51:54 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: Olog-hai

Bacon prices are taking an emotional toll on the rest of us.


19 posted on 04/28/2014 9:54:33 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Olog-hai

Bacon prices are taking an emotional toll on the rest of us.


20 posted on 04/28/2014 9:54:33 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Farmer Dean
"So how is the virus getting in?"

We sold Smithfield to China. I wonder if their farms are as affected as everyone else's?

21 posted on 04/28/2014 9:55:33 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Just bought 3 feeder pigs this weekend at $1.75/lb to offset the coming increases


22 posted on 04/28/2014 9:56:01 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I agree. I think we should ban food from China outright.

And raise the import tariffs on everything else. We tariff China less than we tax American producers. That’s insane.


23 posted on 04/28/2014 9:57:42 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Olog-hai

If we could isolate this virus and introduce it into the wild pig population we might be able to make a dent in their rapidly increasing numbers.


24 posted on 04/28/2014 10:00:16 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Remember when Hoof and mouth disease was rampant in Europe a few years ago?

Some American Animal Rights people went there and tromped through the infected barns, then tried to re-enter the US with the diseased manure on their shoes.

It was believed they wanted to introduce the disease to the US to destroy the meat industry here.


25 posted on 04/28/2014 10:02:48 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I missed that “event”.


26 posted on 04/28/2014 10:09:29 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

In theory this may be OK. In practice, I am not confident that the procedure they describe is actually followed precisely.

The carcasses should be disposed of and not used for anything.


27 posted on 04/28/2014 10:12:31 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Blood of Tyrants

pretty much yea.


28 posted on 04/28/2014 10:20:29 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Farmer Dean

Ask your nearest Muslim that question.


29 posted on 04/28/2014 11:16:06 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: Olog-hai

From China? The same place CONgress just authorized to process chicken sold to us?


30 posted on 04/28/2014 11:17:17 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Our county has an Emergency Response Program in place for just that sort of scenario. My vet was involved during the Hoof & Mouth scare.

Even possible fomites, such as cleaned wool, were to be quarantined. No deliveries direct to the property. Deliveries left on the other side of the road, disinfection protocols in place, all extremely thorough.

It never reached that point, but there were restrictions of visitors in place quite early.


31 posted on 04/28/2014 11:28:10 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal

Could the filthy mozz-lums be behind this?

Once I had mozz-lums living next door. One day I found a toy pig from a child’s animal play set tossed over my fence.

Can you imagine? mozz-lums are so sick they would take out a toy pig from a kid’s play set?


32 posted on 04/28/2014 12:44:52 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

auto clav doesn’t not destroy prions -


33 posted on 04/28/2014 1:07:43 PM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: Revelation 911
There you go.

Will we ever learn?

34 posted on 04/28/2014 1:23:41 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: goodwithagun
Processed? How about this:

1. Slaughtered
2. Frozen
3. Shipped USA to China by boat
4. Thawed
5. Cooked
6. Frozen (again)
7. Shipped back over the Pacific from China to USA
8. Trucked to a supermarket near you

A long process. That is a cold, well traveled bird.

35 posted on 04/28/2014 1:27:34 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: MeshugeMikey

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92781


36 posted on 04/28/2014 1:41:38 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I cant imagine...that peta goofballs would be taking advantage of this just to promote greenie-ism....


37 posted on 04/28/2014 1:56:25 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: bicyclerepair

More likely sick animals were imported. Just Occam’s Razor applied.


38 posted on 04/28/2014 6:51:51 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: logic101.net
If we could isolate this virus and introduce it into the wild pig population we might be able to make a dent in their rapidly increasing numbers.

Don't try to kill off what we may soon need.

39 posted on 04/28/2014 7:34:02 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

They were reporting this on RFD a long time ago and I got about 20 packages before the price went up.


40 posted on 04/28/2014 10:51:01 PM PDT by tiki
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To: houeto

Not trying to kill it off, hogs reproduce like roaches and are causing lots of problems both for farmers/ranchers and for wildlife. This virus kills off the babies, that would result only in slowed growth of the wild herds.


41 posted on 04/29/2014 7:44:33 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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