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State desired goals
PRRS affects every operation differently. This is why it’s important to state your unique goals before controlling, eliminating or preventing the disease. Finding the right strategy that fits your farm will help minimize the impact of the PRRS virus.
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Obtain Current Status
Before you make your management decisions, it is important to determine if PRRS is present in your herd and to understand the herd’s PRRS status by phase of production. Testing pigs of varying ages and at various phases of production, along with their environment, can give you this information.
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Understand Risks
When designing a PRRS management program, it’s important to understand your risks for virus introduction and/or continued circulation within your herd. Completing a risk assessment can help you better understand these potential risk areas.
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Reduce Risks
The most effective way to limit the spread of PRRS is to build immunity and reduce risk factors related to virus introduction and circulation within the farm. Use your risk assessment and diagnostic testing results to develop a customized plan to manage/minimize these risks and help you meet your PRRS goal.
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Construct Solution Options
It’s time to design a specific herd plan to manage PRRS. This customized plan, created with your herd veterinarian, should reflect your goals, current status, risk factors and protocols. No matter what your goal is, you'll need to create a strategy to achieve it.
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Execute and Monitor Solutions
Implementation of a PRRS control program should be an active and collaborative communication process. PRRS can be challenging, but you can take action today. As you execute your specific plan, remember to monitor your progress and discover the next steps for your farm.
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