Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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July 11, 2014

State and Local Partners to Host Informational Meeting about PED in Geneva on July 29

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the New York Pork Producers is scheduling a series of informational meetings around New York on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED).  The disease has caused large losses in swine breeding facilities across the United States since its introduction in May of 2013 and led to a suspension of the piglets and sows exhibit at the 2014 Great New York State Fair. 

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Varick Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 4682 New York 96A, Geneva, NY 14456.

The featured speaker at the event will be Dr. Michael Pierdon, a partner in Four Star Veterinary Services, which provides consultation to swine producers throughout the eastern United States, including New York.  Four Star Veterinary Services’ 10 veterinarians provide veterinary expertise to over 350,000 sows in the eastern U.S.  Dr. Pierdon has extensive experience in the areas of biosecurity and disease eradication.  He specializes in helping pork producers reduce disease risk and improve biosecurity to prevent infection and also implement successful eradication programs at infected sites.

Dr. Pierdon is a 2005 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management. 

The presentation will address swine breeders’ and veterinarians’ questions and concerns about PED.  It will also interest feed dealers, machinery dealers, and others who regularly go to facilities housing breeding swine.  New York State Education Department continuing education credits will be given to veterinarians and veterinary technicians who sign in and attend all of the session.

Additional meetings will be scheduled in the fall for other parts of the state.

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