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· PED-Positive Submissions: 20 States Have Reported Positive Results in Pigs
… The rate of increase has again accelerated and Nebraska has reported its first positive result…
· Hog weights jump to compensate for PEDv losses
… Slaughter weights from packer-owned pigs are now 4 percent heavier than last year… “The consensus at a major pork producer meeting was that the disease may not stop until it has infected the entire U.S. herd,” the report said…
PED-Positive Submissions: 20 States Have Reported Positive Results in Pigs
Jackie Linden, Senior Editor - The Pig Site
12 December 2013
US - The total number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus now stands at 1,512, writes Jackie Linden. The rate of increase has again accelerated and Nebraska has reported its first positive result.
By farm class, this figure for the total number of positive laboratory swine accessions/diagnostic case submissions breaks down as follows between the weeks of 15 April and 1 December: suckling, 334 (+30); nursery, 276 (+27); grower/finisher, 478 (+36); sows/boars, 197 (+9) and 240 (+41) unknown. The total is up 140 from the previous week.
Since the data were limited to diagnostic case submissions in mid-June, Nebraska has reported its first positive result in the last week and so the total number of states affected now stands at 20. Those states with 10 or more positive tests are: Iowa, 495; Oklahoma, 255; North Carolina, 246; Minnesota, 135; Kansas, 126; Ohio, 44; Indiana, 43; Colorado, 34; Illinois, 27; Pennsylvania, 26 and Texas, 22.
For the most recent week, Iowa again leads the 'league table' in the number of new positive results, accounting for 67 of the total of 140 new cases, followed by Minnesota with 23.
In mid-June, the reporting system was adjusted. For the weeks prior to 16 June, laboratories were able to provide diagnostic case submissions as well as the number of premises testing positive for the PED virus (PEDv). Since 16 June, the data refer only to diagnostic cases submissions ('swine accessions').
From the week of 16 June to week of 1 December, the total number of biological (swine) samples testing positive is 4,694, up from 4,331 the previous week (+364). The most-affected states by this measure are: North Carolina, 1,307; Oklahoma, 939; Iowa, 844; Kansas, 592; Minnesota, 364; Ohio, 163; Colorado, 111; Illinois, 104; Pennsylvania, 79; Texas, 70 and Indiana, 59. Other states, where positive, reported 20 positives or fewer.
In the most recent week reported (week of 1 December), the following states reported one or more positive results: Colorado (5), Iowa (141), Illinois (40), Indiana (16), Kansas (8), Minnesota (57), North Carolina (47), Nebraska (3), Ohio (9), Oklahoma (30), Pennsylvania (3) and Texas (4). These were the first positive results over this period in Nebraska.
The total number of environmental samples testing positive for PEDv has been reported weekly since the week of 16 June. The total has reached 1,150, which is 177 more than the previous week's figure. The totals for each state are as follows (with the increase in brackets: Colorado, 18 (=); Iowa, 143 (+41); Illinois, 32 (+7); Kansas, 148 (=); Minnesota, 379 (+97); Missouri, 21 (+6); North Carolina, 58 (+8); Nebraska, 4 (=); Ohio, 42 (+11); Oklahoma 242 (+5); Pennsylvania, 4 (=); South Dakota, 2 (+1); Tennessee, 3 (=); Texas, 1 (+1); Virginia, 2 (=); unknown, 50 (=).
These data are collated by USDA APHIS VS NVSL National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and cited by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) in a report dated 11 December.
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Hog weights jump to compensate for PEDv losses
Angela Bowman, Staff Writer | PorkNetwork
Slaughter weights from packer-owned pigs are now 4 percent heavier than last year, and livestock analysts Steve Meyer and Len Steiner, Inc., believe these heavier weights have been an attempt by companies such as Seaboard Foods to make up for reduced hog numbers resulting from Porcine Endemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv).
Some industry observers believe that around 1.5 million sows now have been infected. Using "some rule-of-thumb figures” based on anecdotal evidence of 2.7 pigs lost for every sow infected, this exposure would put the losses at 4 million over the last seven months.
It’s these losses that may explain the increasing hog weights.
“If numbers are short and the company still needs pounds for its customers, increasing pounds per head is about the only way to get it done,” the analysts added.
The analysts warned that while the number of positive PEDv samples has declined slightly, it should not be seen as a “trend reversal.”
“The consensus at a major pork producer meeting was that the disease may not stop until it has infected the entire U.S. herd,” the report said. “The question then will become how long the resulting immunity levels will prevent more losses.”
Read the report here.
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