Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea: What about the surviving piglets?
Three words can strike fear into a pork producers heart: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, or PED. Back in 2014, PED spread through herds killing as many as 80% of infected piglets. What about the survivors, though? Would they have lingering effects of the disease that would affect their future performance? They do – so the problem with PED isn’t just the loss of life; it also includes loss of overall production. The take away message I see in this study is this: Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene! The best way to avoid losing piglets – and future production – to PED is to prevent it. Good husbandry practices that control and prevent contamination are well worth any extra costs involved.
Read the science: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4359118/