Lubbock educational program Sept. 17 to discuss new swine virus prior to show season
Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680, email@example.com
LUBBOCK – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the PEDv Seminar beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock.
The program is free and open to the public.
“Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus or ‘PEDv’ is a new virus to the U.S. and was first confirmed in this country on May 17, 2013,” said Robert Scott, AgriLife Extension agent in Lubbock County. “While potentially deadly to pigs, it only infects pigs and not humans or other livestock.
“With 4-H and FFA exhibitors about to hit the trail for show pigs to exhibit during the upcoming livestock show season, they need to be aware that the virus is out there. With animals being commingled at a show or sale, spreading the disease is a risk. Our goal with this program is to raise awareness of the virus among exhibitors, parents and adult volunteers so they can have a plan in place to identify and handle sick animals properly to help reduce the chance of spreading the disease.”
The seminar will address what the virus is, how it is transferred, how to test for it and seeing it from a breeder’s point of view. It also will discuss how it may affect 4-H and FFA swine projects, what to do if a pig has PEDv and the role of 4-H and FFA in biosecurity.
Along with Scott, speakers will include Dr. Scanlon Daniels,veterinarian, Circle H Headquarters, Dalhart; Josh Krohn, DL Show Pigs, Lamesa; Brandon Gunn, executive vice president of Texas Pork Producers Association, Austin; and Jay Winter, Texas swine health commissioner, Wintex Farms, Idalou.
“I would strongly encourage anyone involved with youth swine projects to attend this seminar and learn all you can about this new virus from some of the top experts in the show-swine industry,” Scott said.
For more information, contact Scott at 806-775-1680, firstname.lastname@example.org .