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New funding available for PRRS testing north of Hwy. 212

By Carol Stender

Date Modified: 05/13/2013 2:34 PM

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RENVILLE, Minn. — New funding is available to pay for PRRS testing, but producers in the area north of U.S. Highway 212 should make testing arrangements soon.

The funds are available on a first come-first serve basis, says veterinarian Dave Wright, coordinator of Minnesota's N212 voluntary PRRS elimination project. The PRRS testing paid by this new round of funding must be completed by May 15, he said.

Hog producers must be a participant in the N212 program to be eligible for the funds, Wright said. He encourages producers not yet involved in the program to participate.

Participating herds with an unknown status that haven't been tested int 12 months, new positive herds in need of sequencing and herds bringing unknown status hogs into herds are encouraged to take advantage of the funding.

PRRS can cause reproductive failure in breeding stock and respiratory illnesses in young pigs.

For more information on the program contact a local veterinarian or Wright at (763) 242-7535.