Hensley informs pork producers about PED virus at state conference

Two men talk during a trade show.

Dr. Terry Hensley (left), an assistant agency director at TVMDL and a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension veterinarian, talks with Mike Bodenchuk, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Texas Wildlife Services Program. Bodenchuk made a presentation about managing populations of feral swine during the 2013 Texas Pork Producer Conference & Youth Symposium.

Dr. Terry Hensley, an assistant agency director at TVMDL and a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension veterinarian, recently traveled to San Angelo for the 2013 Texas Pork Producers Conference & Youth Symposium.

About 100 pork producers from across Texas attended the July 12-13 event, which combined education, information and social events for producers and their families.

Dr. Hensley talked to producers about porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), a viral disease that is most serious in newborn piglets.

In May 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that PED has entered the United States. Though PED has not been detected in Texas, it has been confirmed in Oklahoma.

TVMDL also sent its exhibit booth to provide producers with information about diagnostic testing for animal disease.

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