S O U R C E

UNDERSTANDING RISKS

It’s important you understand all 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.

Below is a series of questions about potential PED risk areas on your farm. Once you complete all the questions, a summary report will be generated that lists each question, how you responded and your level of risk for each question area (reduced, potential or high). You can print this report and use it with your veterinarian to make a plan for reducing PED risk in the future.

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Restate Your Goals
Status of Replacement Animals

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

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

Proximity

Do you have pig neighbors in close proximity?

Transportation

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?

Feed

Do you have feed delivered?

People/Animals

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?

Manure Handling

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.)

Mortalities

Is there a proper Animal Disposal Unit on the farm?

Shared Equipment

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

Source Herd Status for Weaner and Feeder Pigs

Do you know the status of any source herd animals?

Sanitation

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.

This is an area of your farm where your PED risk is reduced.
This is an area of your farm where, under the right circumstances, you may have a PED risk.
This is an area of PED risk for your farm. Work with your herd veterinarian to create a plan to diminish, eliminate or prevent this risk.
2. Status of replacement animals
Note: Your potential risk level for this question is based on both your stated goal and your replacement animal status. If these two items are not aligned, there could be a high risk for PED.
Note: Incoming source herd animals may be quarantined for a minimum of three weeks before being introduced to the rest of the herd. If symptoms of PED appear, a veterinarian should be contacted immediately.
3. Proximity
Note: Farms within 1 mile of a PED positive farm have an eight times higher risk of infection, and farms within 2 miles of a PED positive farm have a six time higher risk of infection.
4. Transportation
5. Feed
6. People/animals
Note: Rodents and even flies can carry contaminated manure from infected pigs to healthy pigs, and must be well controlled to minimize the spread of the PED virus.
7. Manure handling
Note: The PED virus can stay viable in manure stored at 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 28 days, or even up to six months. It can re-infect susceptible pigs if introduced to their living environment.
8. Mortalities
9. Shared Equipment
10. Source Herd Status for Weaner and Feeder Pigs
11. Sanitation