A Closer Look at PEDv and Feed Sources in the Swine Industry, from KState
Researchers from Kansas State University Research and Extension are looking into the cause of a recent outbreak of a disease that affects pigs. Known as PEDv, the disease can cause widespread stomach issues, particularly for young and newborn pigs, and even lead to severe injury or death. The disease is new to the US this year, so researchers have been trying to figure out how it’s spreading and why. The conclusion has been that the likely perpetrator is a common feed ingredient: plasma protein. While more research is necessary, some farmers are changing their pigs’ diets so as not to include this potentially problematic protein.