Photo Essay

The Hog Farm

A newborn pig

The pigs are farrowing but the piglets are coming out weak and underweight. Several are dying. Marvin believes this is caused by PRRSV (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus), which causes a disease among swine. It leads to reproductive failure in breeding stock and respiratory tract illness in young pigs.

As the story unfolds we find the low birth weight and weak pigs persist for this round of litters. Newport Lab creates a vaccine for this specific strain of PRRSV and the livestsock is inoculated. Normalcy returns with healthier pigs in later births.

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    Michael Adams gave props (26 Jan 2009):

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