An accurate diagnosis is sometimes difficult because of the common occurrence of mixed infections, the compounding effects of environment and nutrition and the difficulties experienced in isolating and identifying all the possible pathogenic agents involved.
What the experts say
The transmission of PEDV through the feed supply chain is an example of a complex disease transmission pathway that triggered swine feed industry stakeholders to collaborate in understanding and addressing the risk factors.
I truly believe some strains of this bacterium are pathogenic for piglets and can cause diarrhea and reduced growth rate; however, we do not know yet how to identify them!
The rate and sequence of mucosal immune maturity from birth to an ‘adult-type’ pig is an important determinant of subsequent performance, health and survival, and hence impacts on the efficiency and profitability of pork production.
Senecavirus A (SVA) has been suggested as a causative agent of idiopathic vesicular disease in pigs. Additionally, a neonatal losses syndrome, affecting piglets of 0-7 days of age, associated with SVA has recently been reported.
Foaming in swine manure is not a recent issue. The unusual aspect of foaming manure today is the significant increase in foaming events.
Pig farming in Ukraine is developing lively. The market deficit lowers the entry barriers that are almost absent.