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Understand Your Operation’s Risk for PED

Understand Your Operation’s Risk for PED

It’s important you understand all of the risks you and your operation face when up against PED. Today’s pig industry is highly mobile. Pigs are moved from farm to farm, barn to barn, and even across state lines. The better you understand the risks, the better you can fight them.

One thimble of fecal matter can infect thousands of pigs.

Below is a series of questions about potential PED risk areas on your farm. Review the questions with your veterinarian and he/she can help you determine your level of risk and help you develop a customized plan for reducing PED risk in the future.

Questions to review with your veterinarian:

• What are your goals? To eliminate, diminish or prevent PED?

• Are your replacement animals PED positive, negative, or is their status unknown?

• Is there a quarantine period for incoming replacement gilts/animals?

• If yes, how long?

• Do you have pig neighbors in close proximity?

• Have you established a Line of Separation (also known as the “clean/dirty line”, marks inside of farm from outside of farm) on your farm?

• Does vehicular traffic coming on and off your farm – including load-out trucks – adhere to the Line of Separation?

• Do you have an established protocol for disinfecting market hog vehicles?

• Do you have feed delivered?

• Do you have a written biosecurity plan that is shared with employees?

• Do you have shower-in/shower-out facilities?

• Do you have a designated area for contaminated clothing, boots, supplies and other materials?

• How well are rodents and pests controlled on the farm?

• Are equipment or tools used to move or store manure disinfected immediately after use?

• When using an outside manure hauler, which of the following protocols are strictly followed? (Check all that apply)

• Is there a proper Animal Disposal Unit on the farm?

• Do you share any equipment, vehicles or other materials with neighboring farms?

• Do you know the status of any source herd animals?

• Are all vehicles sanitized if they cross the Line of Separation, both prior to arriving and after departure?

• All movement of pigs on and off the farm have been accurately recorded.

• When disinfecting, hot water and an effective virucidal disinfectant are used, and adequate drying time is allowed.

If yes, (record what disinfectant is used.)

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