New algorithm aims to predict outbreaks of PEDv and other animal diseases

Computers have long since been an integral part of nearly every aspect of modern life, from the home to the workplace, yet still we continue finding new ways they can help us.

A new algorithm developed by researchers in the U.S. and Brazil could give farmers advance warning of disease outbreaks in their animals. Currently, […]

Swine producers in Alberta ramp up biosecurity in response to PEDv

It’s been nearly five years since the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was first reported in Canada. That case was in 2014, in the province of Ontario. Since then, the virus has been reported in Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and Quebec.

Now, it’s been found in Alberta, at an operation with 400 pigs.

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Disinfectant inactivates PEDv in cold weather — Pig Progress A team of researchers has reported that different dilutions of disinfectant were effective at inactivating porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in cold […]

PEDv cases in Manitoba raise alarms

Earlier this year, the province of Manitoba in Canada began dealing with an unexpected increase of cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).

PEDv, which causes diarrhea and dehydration in pigs, causes up to 100% mortality in piglets and 100% morbidity (disease) in all pigs, though is not transmitted to humans or other animals.

The […]

Preventing the spread of swine influenza

With the current news topics of emerging strains of swine1 and avian influenza2 spreading throughout North America, it is important to review the influenza virus, what it can do if it enters your farm, and how you can prevent it from spreading.

What is influenza?

The commonly known influenza virus (H1N1) was first identified and […]

USDA: Deadly baby pig virus likely came from China via feed bags

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported that the DNA of a virus found in China matches porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), which responsible for killing more than eight million baby pigs in 2013 and 2014. It was also reported that it is likely the virus entered the U.S. through reusable tote bags used […]

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APHIS issues fall avian flu preparedness, response plan – WATTAgNet The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a report on planning and preparations for highly pathogenic avian […]

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Bumblebee genomes create a buzz in the field of pollination – Science Daily Bees play a key role in our ecosystem and in the world’s food supply. Thanks to a […]

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Study: Feed Young Horses According to Birth Date – The Horse Tradition in many breeds holds that all horses have the same birthday: January 1. But when it comes to feeding […]

Researchers ID third strain of PEDv

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have identified a third strain of the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in the U.S. and believe this is a sign that the virus will continue mutating as producers work to contain it.

Named “Minnesota188” or “S2aa-del”, this strain was found to be at least as […]