Swine Producers, MSU Extension and allied industry work together to eliminate swine health concerns
The PRRS virus is a serious risk to the productivity of Michigan swine herds. Learn what producers in Allegan and Ottawa counties are doing to combat this disease.
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is an economically significant disease in swine herds that has been estimated to cost the US industry approximately $560 million dollars a year. Farms that have been exposed to the virus have documented costs of up to $260 per sow, as result of virus presence in their herds. The estimated profit difference for farms selling pigs without the virus is $12 to $15 dollars per pig. The combinations of these economic differences, producer desire to produce high health pigs and the need to improve productivity has prompted Michigan State University Extension to work to coordinate a PRRS Area Regional Control (ARC) project in West Michigan, focusing on stabilizing the area and eradicating the virus.
In order to work to create a better understanding of the impacts of the presence of this disease in the region, Michigan State University Extension has worked to document the prevalence of the disease in herds, evaluated biosecurity practices and provided opportunities for producers to openly communicate about the status of their herds. As progress continues with the ARC project, we will continue to help producers configure herd health plans for disease stabilization and eradication, enhance regional biosecurity practices and coordinate a steering committee of producers, consulting veterinarians and allied industry members, which will focus on giving direction to project.