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You're Invited: Alberta Pork Telephone Town Hall Thursday, June 18 at 10:30 am Mountain Time

  June 16, 2015 Join us as we bring you the latest on PED and discuss a critical aspect of the pork industry that touches every producer: Transportation. What are the keys to achieving top-notch biosecurity with your trailers? How do you deal with transportation space requirements under the TQA/CLT and Code of Practice? How can you protect your animals and your business from the hazards of hot weather transport?   For all of that and some key PED updates, please join us for our next Telephone Town Hall on Thursday, June 18 at 10:30 am Mountain Time. Our expert panel includes: - Dr. Egan Brockhoff, Alberta Swine Veterinarian, Prairie Swine Health Services. - Dr. Frank Marshall, Alberta Swine Veterinarian, Marshall Swine Health Services. - Dr. Julia Keenliside, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development.   Our special guest this week: Bill Rempel, VP ...

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Western Canadian Swine Veterinarians Encouraged to Participate in WCSHIN

  May 4, 2014 (from Farmscape.ca) A Red Deer based swine veterinarian is calling on western Canada’s pork producers to encourage their veterinarians to participate in the Western Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network. Pork producer councils in the four western provinces, in partnership with the Offices of the Provincial Chief Veterinary Officers, have established a Western Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network to assume responsibility for swine health surveillance in western Canada. Dr. Egan Brockhoff, with Prairie Swine Health Services in Red Deer, told those participating in Alberta Pork’s monthly telephone town hall last week, the Western Canadian n Swine Health Intelligence Network is one of three arms working across Canada focusing on disease monitoring and disease knowledge transfer. "Western Canada has this western swine health intelligence network and Ontario has built an Ontario Swine Health Network and of course Quebec has their long standin ...

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First New Canadian Case of PED Since March 23 Reported in Ontario

    April 16, 2015 The first new case of PED in Canada since March 23 was reported today in a farrow to feeder farm in Perth County, Ontario. 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 on. 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 ...

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Alberta Pork Telephone Town Hall Tackles Antibiotics in Livestock Production

April 2, 2015 It's an issue that's getting more attention these days, and for good reason.That's why Alberta Pork addressed the issue of antibiotic use in pork production today in its latest telephone town hall.  In case you missed it, here are some of the key points from today's call. For a PDF summary, click here.   Antibiotics in Livestock Production Every year, two million people in the U.S. get sick from resistant infections and 23,000 die. While we can’t do anything about bacteria, we can control how we use anti-microbials. It’s a complex topic, one that’s growing in importance for a number of sectors, including the pork industry. Unfortunately, what you don’t know CAN hurt you and the industry as a whole, so here are some key points around antibiotic use for your animals. What Are Antimicrobials and Why Are They Used? Antimicrobials/antibiotics are substances that have the capacity to kill or inhibit t ...

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You're Invited! Alberta Pork Telephone Town Hall - Thursday, April 2

March 30, 2015 Alberta Pork's next Telephone Town Hall runs Thursday, April 2 at 10:30 am Mountain Time as we bring you the latest on PED and discuss an issue of growing importance to producers and industry: Antibiotics. How are the regulations changing around antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance? What do they mean to producers and their businesses? What are the implications of the "growth promotion vs. disease prevention" controversy? Our expert panel includes: - Dr. Egan Brockhoff, Alberta Swine Veterinarian, Prairie Swine Health Services in Red Deer.  - Dr. Julia Keenliside, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development.   Our special guest for this call: * Dr. Leigh Rosengren, CEO- Rosengren Epidemiology Consulting and Owner of Fresh Cravings Farms    (Recently a featured speaker at the Banff Pork Seminar)   To participate, call 1-877-229-8493 on Thursday, April 2 at 10:30 am M ...

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Swine Health to Lead the Agenda at Alberta Pork Regional Meetings

March 20, 2015 As the weather heats up, so does the interest in Alberta Pork’s regional meetings. If you’re looking for hot topics and warm welcomes, we’ve got you covered. Given the impact of PED and other diseases on our industry of late, we have some timely talks from experts on pressing issues such as the use of blood plasma in feed, antibiotics, the Code of Practice and PED/SDCV updates. We’ll also have important updates on Alberta Pork programs and progress from Chairman Frank Novak and Executive Director Darcy Fitzgerald. We invite you to join us at the meeting of your choice. Tuesday, May 26:           Vegreville                            Pomeroy Inn & Suites, 6539 Hwy 16A West Wednesday May 27:       Red Deer                            Black Knight Inn, 4847A 19 ...

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Bird Deltacoronavirus Identified in Alberta

March 6, 2015 The National Centre for Animal Diseases (NCAD) in Winnipeg has detected a previously unreported bird deltacoronavirus in Alberta. This virus is reacting with the laboratory test used for detection of Porcine Deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) in Alberta.  PDCoV is also known as Swine Delta Coronavirus (SDCV). There have been a few positive tests for PDCoV in Alberta since October 2014, all from environmental samples taken in pig-­‐handling facilities. Investigations have not identified any positive farms or cases of the disease in pigs. Previous research has identified other bird viruses that are closely related to PDCoV. Samples from sparrows in a facility with previous positive environmental tests for PDCoV were submitted to NCAD for virus identification. The positive PDCoV samples were taken as part of an environmental surveillance program for PDCoV and porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus that has been in operation in Alberta since January 2014. The program, ru ...

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Truck and Trailer Wash Standards Still Highly Variable

Mar 6, 2015 (from The Pig Site) CANADA - A Red Deer based swine veterinarian reports the diligence with which livestock trailers are being washed and disinfected to reduce the potential spread of PED still varies widely, reports Bruce Cochrane. To help reduce the risk of spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, provincial pork organisations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Canadian Pork Council, and a team of western Canadian veterinarians have rolled out the Canadian Truck Wash Facility Registration Pilot Project. Dr Egan Brockoff, a swine veterinarian with Prairie Swine Health Services in Red Deer, explains over the past month auditors have been assessing truck wash facilities and truck wash procedures using a new tool developed late last year. Dr Egan Brockoff-Prairie Swine Health Services: We have found that there's lots of opportunity for improved education in the truck wash facilities but we found that the truck washes are very receptive. They want to learn and they ...

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Canadian Truck Wash Facility Registration Pilot Project Helps Facilities Improve Biosecurity

March 2, 2015 (from Farmscape.ca) A pilot project underway in western Canada is helping livestock truck wash facilities step up biosecurity and improve their truck washing procedures to help reduce the risk posed by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. To help reduce the risk of spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea provincial pork organizations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Canadian Pork Council and a team of western Canadian veterinarians have rolled out the Canadian Truck Wash Facility Registration Pilot Project. Any truck wash facility on the prairies that deals with swine livestock trailers is eligible to participate. Mark Fynn, an Animal Care Specialist with Manitoba Pork, explains collaborators developed assessment tools that standardize what we’re looking for in truck wash facilities and the procedures they’re using to ensure they are optimizing biosecurity and minimizing risk to clients. "We started off by setting up a collaborator group to develop these assessments ...

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Tests Find First Positive PED Environmental Sample in Saskatchewan

    Feb 25, 2015 It was reported this week that the first ever PED-positive sample in Saskatchewan was detected towards the end of January. The positive sample came from manure at the unloading chute that was spilled from the delivery trucks; trucks came from out-of-province. The same sample was also positive for TGE. All samples collected at this site since then have been negative for PED and TGE. There continues to be  “suspect” or low positive (high CT) SDCoV samples at a low level at one site.  Due to the possibility of cross-reaction with a sparrow-associated DCoV, weekly sampling was adjusted to include collection of sparrow feces. All bird samples have tested so far have been weakly positive or suspect. Further follow-up needs to be done to confirm the presence of the bird-associated virus; however, virus isolation and sequencing will require a strong positive sample to ensure sufficient DNA is present. The National Microbiology Laboratory ...

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