Art’s Way Hog Care™ Buildings Meet Biosecurity Protocol

Two of the most devastating viruses to infect the hog population produced in the United States is PEDv and PRRS. Millions of dollars have been spent on research to find ways to eradicate these highly infectious viruses.  The cost of the PRRS virus alone has an economic impact to producers of $560 million a year. Transmission of these viruses come through direct contamination from other pigs and indirect routes through facilities, needles, transport, personnel, fomites, insects and aerosols.

Completely SanitizableThrough the construction of numerous research and agricultural facilities, Art’s Way Scientific* offers the proven experience to design, fabricate and install new facilities or offer modifications to existing facilities that adhere to biosecurity protocols recommended to defend against these types of infection. The study, “Biosecurity protocols for the prevention of spread of porcine reproductive and respiratory virus” by Andrea Pitkin, BS MS, Satoshi Otake, DMV PhD and Scott Dee, DVM MS PhD Dip ACVM of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine highlights the features of containment, sanitization ability, ventilation, and personnel security of an Art’s Way Scientific Hog Care™ building.

Waste Disposal OptionThe buildings offer a clean, sealed, wash down surface, contained waste pit constructed with a hand laid fiberglass resin system, which already address the standard practice recommended by the industry.  Hog Care™ buildings also adopt the “all in all out” method offering a chance to fully sanitize between cycles to break any transmission cycle. Facilities can be designed to include shower in shower out, quarantine, and HEPA filtration systems.

Choose Art’s Way Scientific Hog Care™ buildings for facilities that are biosecure and keep your hogs safe and healthy.


*Art’s Way Scientific is a wholly owned subsidiary of Art’s Way Manufacturing Co.,Inc.


Read PRRS Biosecurity Protocol Study



Feed Biosecurity – What Does It Mean?

As a company who makes feed grinding equipment that can be used to produce rations for hogs, we do have a vested interest in the pork industry.  We find that there are lots of interesting topics that catch our eye.  During the Minnesota Pork Congress 2015, one of the seminars discussed the link between feed and PEDv.  The title of the seminar was “Feed Biosecurity: A New Approach to PEDv Control” immediately caused curiosity.  The seminar related a study that shows a link between the virus and the feed that was ingested by the hogs.  During an emergency outage of feed, three separate hog operations brought feed from an outside mill. Within 1-2 days after delivering feed, clinical signs of PEDv appeared in the hogs fed the feed. Not just a coincidence, the study shows that the feed coming from the mills (3 different mills) carried the virus.

The presenter: Dr. Scott Dee, DVM PhD, Director of Research, Pipestone Veterinary Services indicated that contaminated complete feed has recently been proven as a vehicle for PEDV transmission to pigs. His presentation reviewed these new findings as well as provided insight on how to reduce this risk using a commercially available product (SalCURB) in addition to standard biosecurity protocol.

The question we would like to ask:

If you made your own feed rations onsite with an Art’s Way Portable Grinder Mixer, would it reduce or perhaps eliminate the risk of the transmission of PEDv from outside mills?

Read our Biosecurity brochure featuring the 6530 Grinder Mixer and our Hog Care™ buildings that provide completely sanitizable and climate controlled housing for your hogs.

Read AW Biosecurity Brochure

We have also provided the YouTube video of Dr. Dee’s presentation at the Minnesota Pork Congress 2015



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