West Michigan PRRS Area Regional Control Project update

Progress is being made in disease stabilization and area regional control by Allegan and Ottawa County pork producers.

The West Michigan PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome) Area Regional Control (ARC) Project has made progress on several fronts in 2011, including in efforts related to biosecurity assessment, communication testing and surveillance efforts.

Producers in Allegan and Ottawa counties had the opportunity to complete the Production Animal Disease Risk Assessment Program (PADRAP). This tool is used to help identify and gauge biosecurity risks for individual herds and sites. About 30 PADRAP surveys were completed, which included 14 sow sites and 16 grow-finish sites.

To increase knowledge about the West Michigan PRRS ARC Project the steering committee is working to increase communication about its activities, and this newsletter is a direct result of that effort. Many producers have made great strides in stabilizing their herds and producing negative pigs. Various production sites have implemented intense testing protocols to assist with identifying risks and potential problems that could arise as they work to stabilize and eliminate PRRS. Several other sites have been depopulated and are now staying PRRS negative.

As the project rolls into 2012, coordinators will emphasize educational events and producers are encouraged to continue working on the cleanup effort for their individual herds. As production rolls into the winter months and prime PRRS season, producers should put more emphasis on biosecurity protocols and be aware of changes in herd health.

Are you interested in getting involved or want to learn more about the project? More information about the West Michigan PRRS ARC project, including the quarterly newsletter, is available at: http://pork.msue.msu.edu.

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