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PED Virus Meeting

Pork producers from pork producing states are learning more about the effects of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus at a one-day seminar. Dr. Lee Schulz – Assistant Professor and Extension Livestock Economist from Iowa State University – says even though we haven’t seen the effects yet – the market should see an impact later this month…

“We haven’t seen a large impact from PED as far as supplies on the market. Some of the accessions in the market will start to hit here in December. The impact on the number of supplies there is a lot of uncertainty on just how big the impact will be.”

Dr. Schulz said the economic impact will be two fold…

“It’s important to make a distinction between individual impact and the market impact. For an individual producer this can have a big effect, and be devastating losses. But the potential market impact, we are seeing higher prices and a risk premium going into 2014. The market suggests tighter supplies and higher prices.”

He said education is in the producer’s court on learning more and keeping up on biosecurity…

“It’s important to look at biosecurity and how we can keep the disease out of farms and minimize the impact. Its also important to understand the markets and know what is available out there for locking in input costs and the lean hog price.”

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A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.