In light of the spread of PEDv, there was a good deal of concern about the swine barn at the State Fair. Thus, new biosecurity procedures have been put in place for livestock entering the Indiana State Fairgrounds. State Veterinarian Dr. Bret Marsh said the 4-H check-in went off without a hitch, “The final count coming into the swine barn was 2,149 head, 49 more than last year. So it has been a busy time, but we have had great cooperation from all the exhibitors.” He added that the cooler weather during check-in also helped with processing. All the 4-H swine were in good health, and a special team of veterinarians are on hand to monitor the animals while they are on the grounds.
Marsh says the new procedures did not slow down check-in, “This year all the animals had to arrive with electronic identification, and that actually helped with processing.” Marsh said check-in took 10 fewer hours this year than last year. Marsh praised the cooperation of State Fair officials for helping with a problem-free check-in. There have been no reported problems with the check-in on open class livestock this week. Since most of these exhibitors are experienced show participants, it is expected to run smoothly.
Marsh says, with the summer weather, cases of PEDv have declined. However, he is concerned about that will happen when the winter weather returns, “We have learned about this disease, so I hope we have some new tools in place when the winter season comes upon us and the disease is likely to intensify.”