The Swine Health Information Center, funded through pork checkoff dollars, has been working with South Dakota State University and Pipestone Applied Research to track the survival of pathogens in feed or feed ingredients as a way to better understand the risks presented, said Paul Sundberg, executive director.
“The heart of the mission is to monitor diseases, domestic and foreign with the goal of being better able to predict the next thing that is going to be an industry issue,” he told FeedNavigator. The point is to learn from past lapses when diseases, like PEDV, Porcine Delta-Coronavirus and Seneca Virus A, present in other countries and spread to the US.
The team has released its preliminary findings regarding the role feed ingredients could play in the spread of diseases expected to cause production and economic losses for the swine industry, he said.
“The goal is to learn from those efforts and do better,” he said. The process includes monitoring what pathogens are present in other countries and improving understanding of what represents a risk to producers in the US.