Skip to comments.Killer Virus Takes Emotional Toll on Pig Farmers
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 thats 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 Lears 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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Officials believe this strain came from China????
Could this be.....an example of “germ warfare”?
Is this why bacon is over $5/lb?
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?
Have to admit the thought crossed my mind.
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.
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
Youve had an outbreak?
Possibly people are asymptomatic carriers, but nobody is really sure.
Well maybe it woulld make sense not to have such large scale pig farms.
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.....?
Not yet.Closest cases are in Michigan,last I heard.
The feed stocks?
Where do they come from? The Chinese dog food manufacturers?
The National Renderers Association says the carcasses are heated to a minimum of 240 degrees for 40 minutes -- much higher than whats 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?
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.
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.
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.
Bacon prices are taking an emotional toll on the rest of us.
Bacon prices are taking an emotional toll on the rest of us.
We sold Smithfield to China. I wonder if their farms are as affected as everyone else's?
Just bought 3 feeder pigs this weekend at $1.75/lb to offset the coming increases
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.
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.
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.
I missed that “event”.
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.
pretty much yea.
Ask your nearest Muslim that question.
From China? The same place CONgress just authorized to process chicken sold to us?
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.
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?
auto clav doesn’t not destroy prions -
Will we ever learn?
3. Shipped USA to China by boat
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.
I cant imagine...that peta goofballs would be taking advantage of this just to promote greenie-ism....
More likely sick animals were imported. Just Occam’s Razor applied.
Don't try to kill off what we may soon need.
They were reporting this on RFD a long time ago and I got about 20 packages before the price went up.
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.
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