Minnesota pork producers will be discussing a proposal to partner with the state Board of Animal Health to gather information about the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus status of pigs entering Minnesota, to lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of disease control.
Minnesota Pork Producers Association has been discussing the proposal to partner with the BAH by asking them to request that certificates of veterinary inspection of all pigs entering Minnesota include a statement disclosing the PRRS and PED status of the herd of origin, if known. No movement restrictions would be imposed, and all pigs, regardless of status, could enter the state.
This proposal will be discussed during an open forum 9-10 a.m. Jan. 19 during the Minnesota Pork Congress at the Minneapolis Convention Center. David Wright, a veterinarian with Wright Veterinary Services, and Beth Thompson with the Minnesota BAH will present information on the proposal.
Wright and Thompson will answer and questions from producers and industry, and there will also be time for producers to offer input.
Minnesota Pork Congress started Jan. 18 with annual meetings of the MPPA and the Minnesota Pork Board, as well as a Common Swine Industry Audit Workshop and Taste of Elegance judging, and an awards reception. A trade show and educational seminars take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 19, and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 20.
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