April 2015

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Jessica Newberry
Manager, Technical Services
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Dr. Matt Ackerman was one of the first veterinarians in the United States to experience an outbreak of Porcine Endemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) at a client’s farm in Indiana. Since that time, he’s generously shared his hard-earned knowledge with others in the industry through presentations and speaking engagements in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe.

The following is an overview of thoughts and observations he recently shared with us regarding PEDv seasonality, the producer practices he recommends and his thoughts on both the short- and long-term outlook for the disease.

Along with his business partner Dr. Larry Rueff, Dr. Ackerman oversees about 75,000 sows in a seven-state region, in addition to clients served in Southeast Asia, through their Swine Veterinary Services practice in Greensburg, Indiana. Extrapolating that number to 1.5 million marketed pigs, Swine Veterinary Services touches about one percent of U.S. production.

Dr. Matt Ackerman’s Future PEDv Outlook

Dr. Matt Ackerman has as much firsthand experience as anyone regarding the challenges of PEDv.

Dr. Matt Ackerman

Dr. Ackerman said University of Minnesota data clearly shows what the industry knows from experience – that  PEDv is a tougher disease to fight in winter than in the summertime.

Even though PEDv outbreaks during the winter of 2014-2015 were relatively under control, we still are going to be living with this disease for a long time, Dr. Ackerman said.

PEDv: Dr. Ackerman’s Current Approach and Recommendations

Dr. Ackerman said: “I would encourage people to wean down to 10 days of age to get as many pigs as you can off the farm. Number one, the piglets are less likely to get sick. If they are sick, they’re more likely to survive off the farm than on the farm, off the mother than on the mother. This approach lessens the viral load on the farm as this virus starts to propagate through the population.

“Of those animals that are left, try not to infect the animals that are less than 10 days of age and wean them out once they’re above 10 days of age. I would provide Oral Live Virus Exposure (OLVE) (previously known as "feedback") to the sows.

“Get all of the sows infected with OLVE to propagate the virus. I would do it once, and I would watch for whichever animals didn’t break and infect them again. Basically, this is the same protocol we used on our first farm that broke with PEDv. We haven't seen a need to deviate from that protocol. And then, do everything you can to focus on cleaning up the unit after that. Three weeks later, make sure that everything’s getting washed down and cleaned up,” Dr. Ackerman said.

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For a fascinating first-person look at Dr. Ackerman’s personal experiences with uncovering the PEDv disease in the United States, click here.


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