Reconsider the Depopulation and Repopulation Option


By Claire LeFevre, Opinion, Carthage Veterinary System Ltd

via FarmJournal's Pork - April 7, 2021


In the past year, both producers and veterinarians have experienced production and health challenges with pig flow due to interruptions from COVID-19, shuttered packing plants and changing market conditions. While many enterprises were fortunate to continue operations with varying degrees of impact, hasty decisions made under pressure might not have been ideal from a disease management perspective, especially porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) elimination programs.


Among many challenges facing producers over the past year, the industry has seen rise to multiple new PRRS strains which have decimated impacted sow farms. Many of our industry elders refer to this winter’s dominant circulating PRRS strain as the worst they’ve ever seen. As PRRS viruses shift, veterinarians must have an open mind to shifting PRRS management and elimination strategies.


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