Pork producers across the United States have dealt with the devastating blows of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) in some manner. In response to the overwhelming devastation PEDV has caused the U.S. pork industry, the Swine Health Information Center has allocated $3.3 million to fight swine diseases this year.
The Center’s Board of Directors designated $1.6 million for research and $1.7 million for program and support projects focusing on disease preparedness, response, analysis and monitoring. These four areas comprise the Center’s Plan of Work for 2016.
Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director of the Center, says efforts will include the tracking of diseases that are already present or that may find their way into the United States, working with the veterinary diagnostic labs to standardize the manner in which disease test results are reported and supporting supplemental diagnostics in cases where a veterinarian has been unable to identify the cause of the swine health problem. To review the 2016 Plan of Work click here.
The newly formed Center was founded in 2015 through a $15 million investment from the National Pork Board with the investment funding the Center for five years. The Center is governed by a board consisting of representatives from the National Pork Board (NPB), the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) and at-large pork producers.
The goal of the Center is to help the U.S. pork industry become better prepared to respond to emerging disease threats. Based in Iowa, the Center’s mission is to protect and enhance the health of the U.S. swine herd through global disease monitoring and targeted research that minimizes the impact of future disease threats.