Consumers want their bacon, hog producers want to curb losses and veterinarians want treatment tools as the more than a year long fight against porcine epidemic diarrhea virus continues.
As of July 26, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network reported nearly 8,000 total positive accessions of PEDV and the number of states with a positive case remained at 30.
While some economists say the worst of the disease is beginning to subside, not all agree. Pork continues to fetch high prices on shorter supplies, though USDA data shows that producers are sending heavier hogs to market.
Despite higher prices, consumers are still buying bacon and other pork products, scientists continue to find ways to combat PEDV's wrath – and the spread of any similar diseases that may sneak into U.S. territory, and Japan vows to protect its own pig herd with expanded trade rules.
Read more on these and other PEDV news stories using the links below.
1. Hog Supply Situation Plays Out as Expected; National Hog Farmer
2. Baconholics Undeterred by Pig Prices at 30-Year High; Bloomberg
4. PEDV a Warning Sign for Other Diseases to Come; National Hog Farmer
6. Japan Issues New Pork Certification Rules; Meat Poultry