April 20, 2007

Let's connect the dots in Wisconsin

First we have this about pseudorabies in Wisconsin who has been PRV free since 2000.

Pseudorabies Confirmed in Wisconsin


Tests at the U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed that the disease found in a Clark County Wis. Swine herd is pseudorabies. The virus (PRV) is a disease of swine that can also affect cattle, horses, dogs, cats, sheep and goats. PRV is an extremely contagious herpes virus that causes reproductive problems, including abortion, stillbirths, and even occasional death losses in breeding and finishing animals.

PRV is not contagious to humans nor is it a food safety issue.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection now has 15 days from confirmation to depopulate the infected herd and test all swine herds within five miles of it in order to retain Wisconsin’s pseudorabies-free status. Most of the animals will be allowed to go to market for use as food, because the meat is safe to eat. Animals that cannot be marketed will be euthanized humanely. The herd consists of about 300 pigs.

“This reinforces the importance of premises registration,” said Patrick Webb, director of swine health programs for the Pork Checkoff. “Having a premises ID will allow state officials to quickly identify the producers in the effected area that need to be contacted to let them know about a highly contagious regulatory disease.”

Then there is this:

Animal ID discussion in Wisconsin

By Dairy Herd news source (Friday, April 20, 2007)

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will host a meeting next week to discuss how to handle incidences of state residents refusing to participate in Wisconsin’s mandatory premises registration program.

The meeting is slated for April 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the DATCP building in Madison, Wis.

A DATCP spokesperson says that while the meeting is open to the public, it will not be a public forum.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

So I am curious about the sudden onset of PRV. Is that going to be used as the excuse for why people should sign up for NAIS? That does seem to be the USDA way, come up with any excuse to promote NAIS, like the good work they say they did during the Colorado blizzard.

And what are they going to do, any how, with the pesky stupid farmers who are resisting.

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