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NGFF latest to contribute to PED studies

By Staff | May 30, 2014

(NCGA) – With the current estimates at 7 million head of pigs infected with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and studies continuing in effective control of the virus and its origin, the pork industry continues to receive contributions from the ag industry to assist in countering the situation.

The most recent data on spread of the virus shows 180 new cases nationwide with indications on a slow-up on the virus spread, according to pork industry spokespersons.

The National Grain and Feed Foundation is among the recent contributions earlier this month providing $60,000 to the National Pork Board to assist in research efforts on the virus.

“The grain and feed industry is committed to supporting research being undertaken through the NPB that will help find ways to combat the establishment and spread of PEDV in the United States,” said David Fairfield, the NGFF’s vice president of feed services.

“The NGFA and its foundation support NPB’s research on feed-related issues,” Fairfield siad, ‘that may be associated with PED results of which we believe will further enhance the industry’s knowledge in finding ways to control and eventually eradicate and prevent this disease and the economic damage it’s causing to the pork and related industries.”

Paul Sundberg, NPB’s vice president of science and technology, said NGFF’s donation is a welcome addition to funding coming from industry groups outside of the Pork Checkoff, and will help expand research into the costly disease.

“Given questions about PED and feed-related issues, our goal is to find answers as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Sundberg said. “We appreciate NGFF’s investment, and will continue to collaborate closely with the NGFA and other industry stakeholders on research to find practical and effective ways for farmers to save their pigs.”

Sundberg said the top research priorities for NPB’s feed-related research projects include:

A). Investigate the effectiveness and cost of treatments that could be used to mitigate the survival of PED and other viruses if present in animal feeds.

B). Conduct contamination risk assessments at all steps within the feed processing and delivery chain.

C). Develop a substitute for currently used swine bioassay procedures.

D). Continue to investigate the risk of feed systems and other pathways for pathogen entry into the United States.

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