Continuity of Operations Following a Known Feral Boar Exposure in a Transitional Swine Facility

A disease outbreak will affect animals and operations differently, depending on the age or stage of production of the animals, according to new research from Texas. Important to overcoming these circumstances are preventing further spread of the disease and maintaining the right perception of the situation.
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Prevention and mitigation of disease is a constant challenge to the continuity of operations for swine production systems. Certain diseases may severely hamper and even end livestock production on a farm because of the severity of the disease, the regulatory implications, or the public perception caused by a confirmed infection.

The case presented in the latest issue of Journal of Swine Health and Production by Brandon J. Dominguez of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and co-authors there and with United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service illustrates steps taken by a transitional swine facility, one in which there is potential for exposure to feral swine, to mitigate problems created by exposure to a feral boar infected with pseudorabies virus.

These issues may serve as discussion points for other swine facilities in planning for the continuity of their operations in the face of a disease exposure.

The researchers highlight four main implications of their study. Firstly, transitional swine facilities are at a high risk of exposure to disease transmission by feral swine and second, even small breach in biosecurity can have a large impact on the continuity of swine operations.

Furthermore, producer decisions in response to a disease exposure are influenced directly and indirectly by numerous sources.

Finally, according to Dominguez and co-authors, the ability to continue farm operations after a disease emergence may be guided by the ability to contain the disease, to continue to deliver feed and supplies and to replace affected animals.


Dominguez B.J., G. Mays, H. Hughes-Garza, G. Walch and W.T. Bissett. 2013. Continuity of operations following a known feral boar exposure in a transitional swine facility. J Swine Health Prod. 21(4): 210–214.

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