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Bill Luckey, 59, estimates he has been working in the hog farming industry for 55 years – including the time he spent helping his dad on their family’s hog farm as a small child.

But since the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) hit the 600-head sow farm in Columbus, Neb., where Luckey is a partner, he said he’s faced challenges unlike any he’s seen in his years in the industry.

“We’ve gone through…different diseases, but a lot of those it seems you can work your way through them and keep rolling,” Luckey told “Where with this one, in talking to other producers, some of these guys still have an occurrence 20 to 30 weeks after the initial outbreak and still have a litter once in a while that breaks…It’s just frustrating from standpoint of we don’t know a lot about it.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), PEDV has killed approximately 7 million piglets in the U.S. since it was first identified in May 2013. PEDv is a coronavirus affecting swine, which causes diarrhea and vomiting.