We know that PRRS test brings many questions as show pig exhibitor. As a breeder, here are helpful steps and questions you can ask your veterinarian while testing. At the end, learn how you can be reimbursed for testing.
When is testing required?
Testing is required to comply with Wisconsin’s Animal Health rule effective March 2018. The rule requires farms with pigs to test for PRRS and PEDv when moving intrastate or interstate. Testing is not required for pigs moving directly to harvest. So as an example, a pig moving to a county fair that is not terminal, is required to be tested.
Why do we test?
Testing is done to help improve the overall health and biosecurity of Wisconsin's pig population.
Where can kits be purchased form?
Exhibitors should work with their veterinarians to get a kit and submit for testing. The paperwork and results will be delivered through the vet office. They can then write a health paper for an event.
How does the testing process work?
Instructions should come from a vet or in the packet. The rope should be hung from a gate and be kept off the ground. Allow the group of pigs to chew on the rope for 20-30 minutes. Saliva samples are then to squeezed out of the rope into a plastic bag. The person performing the test should be wearing gloves. The saliva can then be deposited into the sample jar by cutting a hole in one corner of the bag. You should aim to collect 5mls of saliva. Salvia samples should be refrigerated until returned to the vet clinic within 24 hours.
Can I be reimbursed for tests?
Yes! The Wisconsin Pork Association offers test reimbursement for producers and exhibitors based on the type of test you are running. You can find the forms on their website, or by following the link.
Helpful Resources -
Wisconsin Pork Association
Disclaimer - This is meant to be a guide only. Please consult with your veterinarian and establish a VCPR with your provider before acting. Always contact a veterinarian before administrating any treatment or tests.