December 4, 2014

After two quiet weeks, a new case of PED was reported yesterday in a finishing barn in the Niagara region of Ontario. That brings the total number of cases in Ontario to 66

This serves as a reminder that producers should treat all high pig-traffic sites and vehicles as potentially contaminated with the PED virus and/or SDCV. Producers must work closely with their livestock hauler to ensure all trucks are cleaned, disinfected and dried every time before entering a farm.

If any truck tries to enter your farm that has not been cleaned, don’t let it in. It poses a serious risk for bringing PED or SDCV onto your farm and into your barn.
Other biosecurity measures, such as cleaning and disinfecting load-out areas and requiring clean boots and clothing for all barn visitors, should also be strictly enforced.

If you have any questions or concerns about biosecurity for your premises, call Javier Bahamon at Alberta Pork (1-877-247-7675), email Javier.bahamon@albertapork.com or contact your herd veterinarian.

In light of the increasing disease risk, we also encourage you to complete the Alberta Pork Biosecurity Self-Assessment. You can download it from our website (www.albertapork.com) or call Javier if you’d like a copy by mail.