After the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) devastated U.S. swine herds in 2013, pork producers demanded preparedness and response help from the National Pork Board. In 2015, the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) was formed with a one-time research grant from the Pork Board.
Swine veterinarian John Kolb spent the past two years working in China, calling the experience “challenging, sometimes frustrating, but always interesting.” The Chinese swine industry produces as many pigs as the rest of the countries in the world combined, he explains, so U.S. producers need to watch what is happening there. The changes to the Chinese swine industry have accelerated as the country moves to become more food self-sufficient, says Kolb, but not every farm moves at the same pace.
The history of the former Premium Standard Farms (PSF) hog operation in northern Missouri is as tortured as any in the modern swine industry. (See the 30-year timeline at the bottom of this story for details.) When Smithfield Foods bought the formerly bankrupt 221,000-sow complex in 2006, PSF was the second largest pork producer in the U.S. (behind Smithfield). It was bogged down in nuisance lawsuits, the barns were in disrepair, and pig performance was poor.
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