Back where virus started, new scrutiny of pig farming

By David Brown, The Washington Post

It may be crowded and carpeted in manure, but the long, white building beside State Route 38 is one of the most pathogen-free homes a pig could have.

The animals never know the feel of grass, mud or sunshine, and hardly the touch of man, in their six months of life. But they are also free of many of the infections that slow the growth and occasionally end the lives of their outdoor cousins.

“We’re producing the most efficient animal, one that is healthy every day,” said Devon Schott, the 34-year-old farmer who owns the building. To do that, he said, “biosecurity is of utmost importance.”

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