Battling a Virus
Elizabeth Williams DTN Special Correspondent
Fri Jan 24, 2014 06:24 PM CST

DES MOINES (DTN) -- Craig Rowles, general manager of Elite Pork Partnership, thought his operation of 8,000 sows on three farms in Carroll, Iowa, was fairly biosecure.

"We had employees shower in/shower out; we had inside-the-barn-only boots and clothes. We carefully washed down our trucks and let them dry out before hauling another load. We handled each litter with separate gloves, scalpels and needles to try to avoid catching and spreading any virus," said Rowles, whose pork operation is in western Iowa.

Still, within a four-week span in November and December 2013, all three of his barns were infected with ...

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