Those of you in the pork business know that Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is a significant problem for swine production. The costs related to this are immense and a recent Iowa State University study has calculated the dollar value of PRRS related losses.
Research Veterinarian Derald Holtkamp and Ag Economist Jim Kliebenstein surveyed both swine producers and veterinarians throughout the US late in 2010. Their results indicate that $641 million in costs to the US pork industry can be directly contributed to PRRS annually. That is a daily cost of $1.8 million. The researchers further broke this value down to a per sow basis, nationwide, for a value of $114.71 per sow per year. Those are some shocking numbers.
The study also suggested that veterinary and producer biosecurity measures that aim to protect healthy animals from PRRS cost the swine industry nearly an additional $477.8 million. This brings the annual costs of PRRS to more than $1 billion annually in the US.
The National Pork Board, which funded the study, expects to post the complete report in the Herd Health Resource Center of their website (http://www.porknetwork.com/pork-resources/herd-health ) in the coming months.