Machinery Chatter
Russ Quinn DTN Staff Reporter
Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:53 AM CDT

North American hog producers have been battling porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus for nearly two years. The so-called "piglet disease" is devastating with high mortality rates of baby pigs. In response, hog farmers have stepped up biosecurity practices to guard against the deadly disease infecting their herds.

While these new biosecurity practices appear to have slowed the spread of the disease, they have also had interesting effects on how producers operate.

The PED virus is spread by a fecal-oral route, meaning the disease is in manure. Increased biosecurity for many pork producers includes more cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, especially ...

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