Meredith Davis and Theopolis Waters
April 28, 2014
The killer stalking U.S. hog farms is known as PEDv, a malady that in less than a year has wiped out more than 10 percent of the nation’s pig population and helped send retail pork prices to record highs. The highly contagious Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus is puzzling scientists searching for its origins and its cure and leaving farmers devastated in ways that go beyond financial losses.
“It’s a real morale killer in a barn. People have to shovel pigs out instead of nursing them along,” Goihl said.