DUE to the emergence of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) across a number of states and out of concern for the biosecurity and welfare of its swine customers, Hubbard Feeds Inc. announced that, as of Jan. 17, it implemented Level 2 biosecurity procedures at all Hubbard plants and mills serving swine production units.
In a statement on the company's website, Mark Nelson, vice president and chief operating officer, said, "This decision was based upon discussion with our swine technical staff and an increased threat of contagious disease present in our market area."
To help limit the spread of the disease and implement the new procedures, Hubbard has asked that the swine production sites have a trash bin easily accessible for boots and coveralls. It was suggested that the bin be located where truck drivers can deposit the trash bag as they leave the production site.
Hubbard said the following guidelines are required for sites that have tested positive for PEDV:
* For feed delivery — including Hubbard feed delivery to a production site and customer pickup from a Hubbard plant — after feed is delivered to the PEDV-positive production unit, the delivery vehicle will immediately go through a truck wash. Particular care will be given to a thorough cleaning of the tires, wheel wells and undercarriage. The floor mats will also be washed and disinfected. Upon leaving the truck wash, the vehicles should be disinfected.
Tek-Trol and Synergize are products that are known to be suitable disinfectants for PEDV, the company said. Vehicle washing and disinfecting must be documented on the pick ticket.
Clean clothing, along with disposable boots and coveralls, will be worn when unloading feed at facilities. Disposable boots should be put on before your feet touch the ground and removed just prior to entering the cab of the vehicle. Note: Winter conditions make plastic boots dangerous on ice; therefore, safety should be taken into account when selecting disposable boots.
* Garbage bags will be carried in trucks for the disposal of plastic boots and coveralls at the farm site.
* Hubbard drivers and customers will not enter combo trailers.
* Delivery personnel will not enter buildings containing livestock.
* Delivery personnel shall have no contact with pigs 24 hours before delivery. For example, drivers making farm or producer deliveries who are also engaged in pork production are prohibited from having animal contact 24 hours before delivery and must wear a clean set of clothing and footwear.
* Material and items (pallets, feed, etc.) from swine production sites will not be allowed to be returned to a Hubbard plant.
* Follow all biosecurity procedures as requested by the producer.
Customers with delivery vehicles should follow the above procedures prior to picking up feed at Hubbard plants.
Hubbard noted that its field sales and technical personnel will not make visits to swine production sites but suggested that these visits could occur off the farm to cover service issues. Because this is a dynamic disease situation, Hubbard said to stay in contact with the swine technical group for updates.
Hubbard added that it is the responsibility of field personnel to keep the plant manager, director of manufacturing, sales manager and business unit general manager up to date on the disease situation in the market area and particularly at customer locations.
The company explained that for PEDV-negative sites, feed delivery procedures will include all of the steps listed for the PEDV-positive sites except for the first. All field sales and technical personnel are expected to follow Level 3 (normal operations) procedures when visiting non-infected sites.
Hubbard said personnel should try to visit only one production site per day. If visiting other producers, it is recommended that the visit take place away from other production facilities.
In the statement, Nelson said all of the detailed biosecurity procedures will remain in effect at all swine production sites until Hubbard is informed that there is no longer a risk of PEDV.
Missouri hog manure
Murphy-Brown of Missouri LLC (MBM) and Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC recently announced joint plans to develop a $100 million renewable biogas project in northern Missouri. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring.
Biogas will be harvested from MBM finishing farms in northern Missouri using state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion technology developed and installed by Roeslein.
Roeslein has engaged investment banking firm Stern Brothers & Co. to underwrite the entire financing for this project. The Missouri Clean Energy District's PACE program is also being reviewed as a financing option.
The anaerobic digestion process modules will be fabricated by Roeslein & Associates' wholly owned subsidiary, Roeslein Manufacturing, in Red Bud, Ill.
The companies noted that funding for these projects is not being provided by Smithfield Foods or MBM.
The joint venture envisions combining technology and animal waste to optimize alternative energy production for regional distribution.