Site biosecurity ‒ Time to tighten up!
It’s that time of the year again ‒ according to historical SHIC data (see PRRS and PED epidemic monitor charts below), PRRS typically reaches the epidemic threshold each year between the middle of October and the middle of November. PED is also more active in the winter, with historical December and January epidemic beginnings.
As temperatures cool this fall and winter, many pathogens find it easier to survive outside the pig and are looking for an opportunity to enter your barn. It is important to our pigs’ health, well-being and productivity not to invite these pathogens into our barns. Careful review and monitoring of our on-farm biosecurity practices are essential to keep these pathogens out. The following chart contains a list of common biosecurity practices/areas of focus for pig farms. It may be helpful to look at this list, make edits and complete a self- assessment of your farm(s). All areas of the farm where animals, people or items/supplies come into and/or go out of the farm, are key focus areas for biosecurity. Have you addressed these items with your team/system? Your Swine Vet Center veterinarian will be happy to help you complete a site biosecurity assessment this fall.
To download a printable version of this chart, click here.
Dr. Chris Sievers and wife Brooke welcome son Carter
Please join Swine Vet Center in congratulating Dr. Chris and Brooke Sievers on the birth of their son, Carter James Sievers. He was born on October 5th, 2020. Weighing in at 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 20.5″ long, Carter will surely be a fun playmate for his big brother, Gavin!
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