Measuring Success for Your PED Goals
One of the most important things when goal setting is to be specific in how you will measure success. Whether your goal is to eliminate, diminish or prevent PED, check out the tips below to help you measure your success:
- Only introduce PED-negative animals when you are ready to avoid having to start over.
- Do not introduce PED-negative animals until you have had three negative environmental PCR tests and three consecutive negative animal tests.
- Continue monitoring, working with herd veterinarians, and following biosecurity protocols.
- Ensure that you are not bringing negative animals into a positive herd. Doing so results in a chronic infection situation.
- Ensure that replacement animals are being adequately acclimated to the PED virus in your herd.
- Measure the immune response in replacement animals two to three weeks after exposure to the virus.
- Routinely measure virus circulation in due-to-wean pigs.
- Continue monitoring, working with herd veterinarian, and following biosecurity protocols.
- Always ensure that replacement gilts are truly negative.
- Keep a scrupulous focus on biosecurity protocols, and ensure they are being followed.
- Be keenly aware of PED status in your proximity.
Continue monitoring, working with herd veterinarian, and following biosecurity protocols.
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