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Alberta Pork Telephone Town Hall Examines Pain Mitigation and the Code of Practice



Feb 25, 2015

Starting today, Alberta Pork expanded its Telephone Town Hall to include other pressing issues for producers and industry.

In addition to PED updates, today's call addressed pain mitigation in the revised Pig Code of Practice as it relates to castration and tail docking, and how producers can comply with the new requirements.

Click here for a short summary of what you need to know regarding castration and tail docking under the revised code.

Alberta Pork Arming Producers with Comprehensive Disease Information



February 25, 2015

In an effort to keep producers informed on diseases that could threaten their farms, Alberta Pork is working closely with BC Pork, Sask Pork, Manitoba Pork, and the Office of the Chef Provincial Veterinarian from Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba as part of the Western Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network (WCSHIN).

As part of that work, Albertta Pork is now providing producers with a quarterly disease update.

Click here for the first quarterly update.

If you have any questions on disease threats, contact your herd veterinarian or call Javier Bahamon at Alberta Pork at 1-877-247-7675 or email

Alberta Pork PED Telephone Town Hall Breaking New Ground

Feb 20, 2015 To participate, call 1-877-229-8493 on Wednesday, February 25 at 10:30 am Mountain Time and enter Pin # 112339 when prompted. It’s been just over a year since the first Alberta Pork telephone town hall was launched to provide the latest on PED and how to prevent it. 15 calls and 2,000 participants later, it’s still going strong, and it’s about to get even better. Starting with the next telephone town hall, Alberta Pork will be expanding the program to include other issues of pressing importance to producers and industry. Join us on Wednesday, February 25 at 10:30 am Mountain Time as we bring you the latest on PED and discuss one of the key aspects of the Revised Code of Practice: Pain mitigation. What are the new requirements? What do they mean to producers and their businesses? How can producers ensure they comply? Our expert panel includes: - Dr. Egan Brockhoff, Alberta Swine Veterinarian, Prairie Swine Health Services in Red Deer. - Dr. Ju ...

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New Swine Health Information Network Under Development in Western Canada

Feb 17, 2015 (from The general manager of Manitoba Pork says a new initiative under development in western Canada will allow veterinarians to share swine health information. Pork producer councils in western Canada, in cooperation with the Offices of the Provincial Chief Veterinary Officers, are establishing a new Western Swine Health Information Network. Manitoba Pork Council general manager Andrew Dickson says the body will be funded in part by the pork producer councils in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The hope is to get additional funding from the four provincial governments to run the organization, and funding from the federal government to help set up the necessary computer systems. "We had hoped that a national organization would be able to do this. That was originally supposed to be the Canadian Swine Health Information Network but that hasn't worked out so, as a fall back position, we've set up this western health information n ...

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Winter Continues to be High Risk PED Season with 2 more Ontario Cases

Feb 9, 2014 The expert predictions seem to be bearing out as 2 more Canadian cases of PED have been reported in Ontario. On February 5, a farrow to wean barn in Norfolk County was reported positive for PEDv. Then on February 6,  a finisher barn in Perth Country was also positive. All told, that makes 14 new cases in Canada in the first 5 weeks of 2015. 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 strictl ...

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Swine Producers Encouraged to Watch for Subtle Signs of PED

Feb. 2, 2015 (from A Red Deer base swine veterinarian is encouraging swine barn workers to maintain a close watch for any signs of PED. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea was the topic of a telephone town hall meeting Friday hosted by Alberta Pork. A total of nine new cases have been reported so far across Canada in 2015, including one in Manitoba. Dr. Egan Brockoff, a swine veterinarian with Prairie Swine Health Services in Red Deer, notes as predicted the number of new cases of PED has increased through the winter months as the weather has changed and worsened. "The Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network, CSHIN is still tracking things across Canada for us. Quebec is up to ten cases now. Nine of those are finisher cases and one of those was a sow herd and the sow herd is the most recent case and that that's just happened within the last couple of weeks. One of the original cases is now negative. That finisher site is considered negative. Interestingly enough, tho ...

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You're Invited! Alberta Pork Telephone Town Hall this Friday

January 26, 2015 The Economics of PED   It's a new year, but with 9 new cases of PED already in 2015, including one in Manitoba, the threat continues. For Canadian producers, one benefit of the disease has been increased pork prices. And given the chance to earn more dollars, keeping your farm disease-free only makes sense. So what now? How has PED impacted prices and what does the future hold for producers' pocketbooks?    For answers to those questions and key PED updates, please join us for our next Telephone Town Hall on Friday, January 30 at 10:30 am Mountain Time. 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. - Dr. Frank Marshall, Veterinarian, Marshall Swine Health Services. Our special guest this week: KEVIN GRIER, Kevin Grier Marketing & Consulti ...

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Third Strain of PEDv Identified in U.S.

January 12, 2015 (from US - Researchers at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have identified a third strain of the porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) virus in the US. A third strain of the PED virus (PEDV) in the US has been reported by Douglas Marthaler of the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and others there and with the Swine Vet Center in Saint Peter. In a letter in the journal, 'Emerging Infectious Diseases', they explain that they sequenced the complete PEDV genome by using next generation sequencing to clarify the relationship between the US PEDV strains. Previously, the spike gene of the virus had been the main area sequenced. This work identified a new strain of the virus, which is called 'Minnesota188' or 'S2aa-del'. This is the third variant of the virus found in the US, following the original North American PED virus strains and the North American INDEL strains, which were first detected ...

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New Year Brings 3 New Cases of PED in Quebec

January 7, 2014 Over the last two days, three new cases of PED have been reported in Quebec: The EQSP reported Quebec's third PED case occurring in two nurseries.  Oral fluid samples on Dec. 31st and yesterday were positive for PED.  The barns are part of a 7200 pig nursery and an 1800 pig finisher farm on two close sites in St-Denis-sur-Richelieu in Montérégie.  All pigs were sourced from a single farrowing unit in Ontario (reported by the CCVO) that is reported as not showing clinical signs of PED.  The owner is fully cooperative immediately putting the nursery sites under auto-quarantine. The EQSP then clarified that because the two barns in Quebec case number 3 were at different addresses (2 sites) they are considered case 3 and case 4.  A fifth case of PED was also reported today in a 1700 head finisher site in the same area.  The case is epidemiologically linked to the previous two cases. Update on the second Quebec case: The first load of sl ...

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Pork Producers Commit Levy Funds to Increase Swine Health Collaboration

December 30, 2014 Canadian pork producers continue to make swine health a priority by committing producer levies to fund a national animal health initiative.  The focus for the national animal health initiative will be to bring key players together to collaborate on efforts across Canada that limit the spread of viruses like PEDv, increase communication and monitor surveillance activities. “I am pleased with the provincial pork board’s unanimous response to CPC’s recommendation to back a national animal health initiative,” stated CPC’s Chair, Jean Guy Vincent. “There is no pause in the fight to safe guard the health status of our industry.” CPC has received support from its members to fund a National Swine Health initiative to continue to build on all of the work that has been done over the past few years. Senior staff from across Canada met before the holidays this year to strategize on next steps and how to reinforce the importance of biosecurity ...

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