Swine Testing Requirements for Entry into Wisconsin Changing as of Feb 1.

Swine Requirements for Entry into and within Wisconsin Changing

Testing Changes take Effect Feb. 1


The testing requirements for swine entering Wisconsin will change beginning Feb. 1.  Porcine coming into Wisconsin (and/or moving within the state) will have to be tested for both Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD).

Beginning Feb. 1, 2018, WVDL will offer PRRS ELISA and SECD PCR testing on oral fluids.  SECD PCR tests include porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) and swine delta corona virus (SDCoV).  Only rope extracted oral fluids will be accepted as an appropriate sample type for these tests. This is what you need to know:

    • The WVDL requests that veterinarians send in oral fluids samples (min. of 5 ml) from rope testing kits.
    • These rope-testing kits are currently available via email to supplyroom@wvdl.wisc.edu.
    • Testing will be done on Tuesdays (PCR) and Wednesdays (ELISA) with 24-hour turnaround.

Test                      Sample Type      Test Set Up        Result Available          Cost
PRRS ELISA         Oral fluid               Wednesday        Within 24 hours              $10
PECD PCR*          Oral fluid               Tuesday             Within 24 hours              $65
*includes PEDV, TGEV, SDCoV

Sample Collection: A minimum of 5 ml of fluid is required!!  Samples of oral fluids can be collected from individual pigs or collectively from pens by hanging ropes.  An oral fluid sample is derived from a pen of pigs (representing up to 30 animals), where the pigs are allowed to chew on a length of undyed, unbleached cotton rope specifically made for oral fluid collection.  Once the oral fluids are extracted from the rope, oral fluid samples should be immediately refrigerated and shipped to the laboratory for testing.  Samples should be sent chilled on ice packs, not frozen.  WVDL will offer swine oral fluids collection kits at $5.25/kit, which contain all items required to collect samples and prepare them for refrigerated packing and transportation.   Click on this link to fill out and submit your order for these kits: The Swine Oral Fluid Collection Kit Order Form.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) issued a ‘Livestock Health Alert’ last week regarding changes to swine testing requirements for animals entering Wisconsin and moving within the state.  The full release can be read here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us (608) 262-5432 or (800) 608-8387 or e-mail at info@wvdl.wisc.edu.