PRRS surge strikes Midwest pork producers

Many midwestern pork producers are dealing with a surge in Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

Dr. Paul Sundberg with the Swine Health Information Center says the PRRS 1-4-4 1C strain continues to cause problems.

“We had a big uptick at the end of November, and it’s primarily in finishing floors.”

He tells Brownfield there’s usually a spike in PRRS cases on finishing floors a month or so prior to outbreaks in breeding herds.

“And that’s what concerns me about this current uptake, that we’ve seen it in finishing floors now (so) breeding herds are at risk.”

Sundberg says the industry is looking hard at how to implement practical and cost-effective biosecurity on finishing floors.

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