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Pig virus expected to lead to higher pork prices
Missourian ^ | 03/10/2014 | AP

Posted on 03/10/2014 2:47:13 PM PDT by aimhigh

A fast-spreading virus that can kill 80 percent of piglets that contract it is rapidly spreading across Missouri hog farms, wiping out entire nurseries in some cases.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed 4 million to 5 million pigs nationwide, or about 4 percent of the pigs that would go to market later this year, The Joplin Globe reported. . . . .

"We're adding 300 farms per week to the list of infected farms. I think most all will wind up with the disease," Plain said. "The average slaughter age is 6 months. So we will see the impact of this in six months. We do know it has impacted the futures market for hog contracts. We're at record levels now."

(Excerpt) Read more at columbiamissourian.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: pig; virus
Hey, where's the bacon?
1 posted on 03/10/2014 2:47:13 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: aimhigh

Checked the price of bacon lately? A pound will run you $6 or more.


2 posted on 03/10/2014 2:49:46 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: aimhigh

I wonder how it is being transmitted. It’s not like the pigs go visiting relatives at nearby farm.


3 posted on 03/10/2014 2:52:15 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: aimhigh

How is it spread?

/Conspiracy mode on
China just bought Smithfield the nation’s largest pork producer. Does Smithfield own pork farms, and are they being affected to? Or could this be a dastardly Chinese plot to destroy pork competition and increase the payback of their ill-gained investment?
/Consipiracy mode off


4 posted on 03/10/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: aimhigh

How is it spread?

/Conspiracy mode on
China just bought Smithfield the nation’s largest pork producer. Does Smithfield own pork farms, and are they being affected to? Or could this be a dastardly Chinese plot to destroy pork competition and increase the payback of their ill-gained investment?
/Consipiracy mode off


5 posted on 03/10/2014 2:53:12 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: aimhigh
The possible source is discussed here.

A recent outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in Canada had officials looking at possible sources, including porcine plasma protein, a common feed ingredient in early weaning diets.

Plasma protein, according to the University of Kentucky, is dried plasma from cattle or pig blood that is collected at slaughter facilities throughout the U.S. The plasma is separated from the blood and goes through a drying process before being shipped as a feed ingredient.

6 posted on 03/10/2014 2:53:17 PM PDT by aimhigh ( Self defense - a human right.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

On the shoes of FDA inspectors?


7 posted on 03/10/2014 2:53:53 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: aimhigh
Did we learn NOTHING from cannibal cows and Mad Cow disease???
8 posted on 03/10/2014 2:55:36 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: null and void

Sounds possible.


9 posted on 03/10/2014 2:55:46 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: aimhigh

Didn’t learn anything from Mad Cow disease. Dumb asses.


10 posted on 03/10/2014 2:58:16 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: aimhigh

Come on PETA. Get going on a new membership drive so I can afford meat.


11 posted on 03/10/2014 2:59:55 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: aimhigh

I wonder if the millions of wild pigs in Texas and Oklahoma will be hit? They are a plague and a pestilence, and it is year around open season on them.

About 750,000 of them are killed every year, and it is not making a dent on their 2,000,000+ population, which reproduces at a staggering clip.


12 posted on 03/10/2014 3:04:41 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: DannyTN

I think you may have something there, for me the conspiracy mode is still on.

I mean in a conspiracy the first thing you look for, like murder is...MOTIVE!


13 posted on 03/10/2014 3:05:23 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Under $4 at Aldi. Good stuff, too.


14 posted on 03/10/2014 3:10:17 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: aimhigh

These virus come up every 10 years or so and the industry figures out how to get on top of things..
A vaccine has just been developed I heard today.


15 posted on 03/10/2014 3:11:29 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: PoloSec

Look for petrie dishes full of enteric bacteria in your local mosques.
If the Muslime brohood is taking over the US, they must get rid of the pigs first and then the Christians.


16 posted on 03/10/2014 3:12:21 PM PDT by doc maverick
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To: aimhigh

I’m from Missouri and I know someone with a hog operation I’m going to ask him about it.


17 posted on 03/10/2014 3:14:44 PM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: doc maverick

So what are the Jooooooos? Chopped liver???


18 posted on 03/10/2014 3:14:47 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: doc maverick

Now that’s a good one too, more than plenty of motive there.


19 posted on 03/10/2014 3:15:28 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: aimhigh

Why would anyone pay more for a pig with a virus?


20 posted on 03/10/2014 3:15:40 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: aimhigh
Whatever. I find the list of stuff I just don't bother buying anymore is far longer than the stuff I will buy.

I was in the grocery yesterday. It seems we are gearing up for another price hike in just about everything anyway. It seems things had stabilized for a while and now are rising again.

21 posted on 03/10/2014 3:16:51 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Cold Heart; null and void

What should we have learned from Mad Cow disease about this new swine virus??
This is a virus; spread through things like tires; boots; probably birds.
It is very similar to TGE which was massively destructive in the 60’s and early 70’s.
It takes a bit; but a vaccine gets developed; then the herds get immunity.
It’s a just a part of animal agriculture.


22 posted on 03/10/2014 3:17:18 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Did you read post #6?


23 posted on 03/10/2014 3:22:02 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: aimhigh

24 posted on 03/10/2014 3:27:10 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: aimhigh

With any luck, it will mutate and spread to liberals.


25 posted on 03/10/2014 3:34:33 PM PDT by maddog55 (I'd be Pro-Choice if we could abort liberals.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Apparently, at least in your mind, we should have learned absolutely nothing about feeding animals on the remains of members of their own species.

I bet you didn’t know of a single hemophiliac who died of AIDS from human clotting factor derived from pooled blood products, either.


26 posted on 03/10/2014 3:34:35 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I’ve been trying to figure out why bacon prices are so high, while other pork prices are still about what they’ve been for decades (eg. pork lion regularly sells for under $2 per lb.). I can only conclude restaurants are adding bacon to everything nowadays, so much that it’s creating a shortage in stores. If there’s another reason I’d love to hear it.

BTW, I also heard beef prices will soar this year due to droughts in CA, TX and other cattle raising states. No grass means ranchers have to start feeding them hay right away, and hay prices are way up too.


27 posted on 03/10/2014 3:40:20 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Remember all the pig carcasses floating down a river in China?


28 posted on 03/10/2014 3:59:36 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Sacajaweau

Thanks, I’ll have the wife check it out.


29 posted on 03/10/2014 4:11:43 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: aimhigh

From about a year ago:

http://www.pork.org/News/3904/NationalPorkBoardStatementOnPEDV.aspx

...This is not a new virus, nor is it a regulatory/reportable disease. Since PEDV is widespread in many countries, it is not a trade-restricting disease, but rather a production-related disease. PEDV may appear clinically to be the same as transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) virus with acute diarrhea. Producers will need to work with their herd veterinarian with if any TGE-like symptoms appear and as always, maintain strict biosecurity protocols.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a virus similar to transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE), another disease only affecting pigs. It is not zoonotic, so therefore it poses no risk to other animals or humans. Also, it poses no risk to food safety.

PEDV has been identified in the United States in a small number of herds. The virus is not a new virus as it was first recognized in England in 1971. Since then, the disease has been identified in a number of European countries, and more recently in China, Korea and Japan...


30 posted on 03/10/2014 4:33:16 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: null and void; HereInTheHeartland
Apparently, at least in your mind, we should have learned absolutely nothing about feeding animals on the remains of members of their own species.

Luddites advising farmers how best to raise animals. Seesh.

31 posted on 03/10/2014 5:09:13 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Balding_Eagle; HereInTheHeartland

Just for clarity’s sake are you calling me or HereInTheHeartland a Luddite?


32 posted on 03/10/2014 5:39:04 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: null and void; Balding_Eagle

“Apparently, at least in your mind, we should have learned absolutely nothing about feeding animals on the remains of members of their own species.”

I’ll have a pork chop any day raised the way these animals were fed.
The plasma products used are a great source of protein for young pigs. Previous formulations using dairy products used in the 70’s would cause severe diarrhea in the right circumstances.


33 posted on 03/10/2014 7:12:09 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“Remember all the pig carcasses floating down a river in China?”

I didn’t see that; but it sounds like lots of things float down rivers in China!


34 posted on 03/10/2014 7:14:22 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

As opposed to the 80% fatal diarrhea in theses cases? (Assuming the virus is spread slaughterhouse to nursery)


35 posted on 03/10/2014 7:31:28 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: null and void

It’s a virus very much like TGE. TGE was a nasty one in the 60’s and 70’s. Once the herd got TGE; they had immunity.

From what I have read; they are just trying to pin down how the virus is spread. The linked article states that the plasma products are manufactured to kill any virus’s; but that feed trucks could possibly not be cleaned properly. There is nothing wrong in using the plasma products. The virus could hitch a ride with any feedstuff.
I’m not a vet; but have an ag background. But they are just guessing; trying to figure out how it is spread.
These viruses are nasty; and find a way to spread. Herds eventually get immunity and/or vaccines are developed.
It’s nothing new.


36 posted on 03/10/2014 7:39:41 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
AH! From this: The plasma is separated from the blood and goes through a drying process before being shipped as a feed ingredient. I had the impression that it was merely dried, not fully pasteurized.

That raises my comfort level considerably. I'm still mildly concerned about prion diseases (not enough to give up pork!!!).

37 posted on 03/10/2014 7:45:54 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: null and void

Yep. There is a pretty high level of quality control and testing that goes on in animal feed. Food safety is hugely important; and animals getting sick and very expensive.
The prion thing is not an issue with this feed ingredient from what I understand; but would be interesting to hear that from someone with a solid background in that area.


38 posted on 03/10/2014 7:54:02 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
Food safety is hugely important

Yeah. I can tell by the way congress allows chicken processed in China to be labeled "Made in America", and by how they've never succeeded in passing COOL (Country Of Origin Label) legislation.

39 posted on 03/10/2014 7:58:51 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: null and void

No chicken from China is here; yet:

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/12/faq-chinese-chicken/#.Ux588oWwWsY


40 posted on 03/10/2014 8:04:15 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
The chess pieces are in place, but we aren't actually getting Chinese processed chicken, yet. And when/if we do, there may not be any reliable way for the consumer to tell.

Do you read that differently?

41 posted on 03/10/2014 8:11:20 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: Cold Heart

eating that stuff doesn’t seem a good idea to me. the lower on the food chain one eats the less chance of ingesting some unknown bug capable of mutating into a human susceptible form.


42 posted on 03/10/2014 8:11:29 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: HereInTheHeartland

to even consider this is a sick joke. But hey, its the “free market” today.


43 posted on 03/10/2014 8:17:25 PM PDT by roofgoat
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To: null and void

The way I read it is that some standards have been met by the Chi coms. But it’s probably quite far off for something to actually come in our borders. The biggest thing is they import huge amounts of food from us; they really aren’t in a potion to export protein here.
I thing if it actually was going to happen however; people would raise a huge issue with it.


44 posted on 03/10/2014 8:21:22 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: roofgoat

“to even consider this is a sick joke.”

To consider what?


45 posted on 03/10/2014 8:22:18 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

chicken to China, then back here. Unless ANY Chicken, in ANY form that comes from China has a giant, 24 point font stating “CHINA”. Then I’m OK.


46 posted on 03/10/2014 8:31:17 PM PDT by roofgoat
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To: Blood of Tyrants

By the boots of workers, vermin, and birds.

The latter REALLY concerns me. Avian/porcine transmission often leads to it getting into people.


47 posted on 03/11/2014 8:22:46 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: null and void
There is a blood plant just north of me.

While I don't want to work there (done that), they have a high focus on food safety.

48 posted on 03/11/2014 8:27:28 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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