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Pork Producers, Transporters Advised to Implement Cold Weather Disinfection Procedures

December 19, 2014 (from Farmscape.ca) A Red Deer based swine veterinarian is advising pork producers who do not have access to heated facilities for disinfecting transport vehicles to return to cold weather disinfection protocols. Transportation equipment remains one of the greatest risks for spreading the virus responsible for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. Dr. Egan Brockhoff, a swine veterinarian with Red Deer based Prairie Swine Health Services, told those participating in an Alberta Pork PED telephone town hall meeting Friday freezing temperatures impact the effectiveness of the disinfectants used to kill the virus. "Many of those disinfectants need about 60 minutes of contact time to ensure we have a good solid kill of this virus. If you can't leave your trailer in a heated shop all night to allow that disinfectant to have time then we need to go back to our winter propylene glycol program and we talked about that a lot last winter where we add propylene glycol to the disinfecta ...

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Pork Producers Urged to Consider All High Hog Traffic Sites as PED Positive

December 15, 2014 (from Farmscape.ca) A Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is encouraging pork producers to treat all high hog traffic sites they visit as being PED positive. As part of Alberta's Environmental Surveillance Project regular weekly environmental surveillance is being conducted at two truck washes, three slaughter plants and three assembly yards across the province. Dr. Julia Keenliside, a Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, told those participating in an Alberta Pork PED telephone town hall Friday over five thousand samples have been collected since January. "In the last month we've had one more swine delta coronvirus positive and it was at one site in an outdoor loading chute and the chute was cleaned as best as possible but in this weather it's getting harder and harder for people to clean so we do remind people that any of these high risk or high hog traffic sites could be positive ...

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Another New Case of PED in Ontario Puts Producers on Guard

December 9, 2014

After almost 4 months with no new cases, Ontario has now reported 4 cases in the last month.

The latest case was reported yesterday in a finisher barn in Oxford County.

The increase in frequency of cases suggests the experts were right in predicting a PED spike with the onset of colder weather.

For the latest on PED, prevention and experiences of two producers who had PED on their farm, join the next Alberta Pork telephone town hall.

To participate, call 1-877-229-8493 on Friday, December 12 at 10:30 am Mountain Time and enter Pin # 112339 when prompted.

PED in Hawaii Suggests Contaminated Feed as the Vector for Spread

December 8, 2014 (from Farmscape.ca) The chair of Sask Pork says a case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Hawaii provides strong evidence that feed is a potential vector for the spread of the virus. U.S. Veterinarians are attempting to pinpoint the source of a case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Hawaii. Florian Possberg, the chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board says PED likely got into Ontario by contaminated feed, perhaps Prince Edward Island as well and we still don't understand how an infection that's very similar to what was in China got into North America so this case in Hawaii suggests there's a very good chance that a contaminated feed ingredient was the vector. We do believe that some feed ingredients have a higher risk in terms of possibly carrying the PED virus. Although the manufacturers of dried porcine plasma protein say their process should be such that it eliminates the transfer of PED we think evidence shows otherwise so we've had quite a number of o ...

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Stepped Up Biosecurity to Combat PED Reduces Other Disease Risks

December 5, 2014 (from Farmscape.ca) The Executive director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative says efforts to contain PEDv are also reducing the threat posed by other infections. "Manure Application and PEDv, a Risk to be Managed" will be discussed Wednesday as part of Prairie Livestock Expo in Winnipeg. John Carney, the executive director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative says PEDv has increased the focus of manure applicators on planning jobs, on training staff and on communicating with customers and they've stepped up their adherence to biosecurity. "I think from the point of view of the pork producer, they obviously own biosecurity on their farm. Biosecurity starts at the farm gate and they've really stepped up to the plate in terms of becoming even more vigilant in making sure that people coming onto their site, whether it's employees or visitors or commercial traffic are aware of and complying with all of the biosecu ...

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New Case of PED Reported in Ontario

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 o ...

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Uncertainty Over PED Expected to Result in Volatile Hog Markets Heading into 2015

December 1, 2014 (from Farmscape.ca) A financial services officer with AgStar Financial Services says the biggest influence affecting the North American hog market moving into 2015 will be whether or not we see an increase in the number of cases of PED as the weather turns colder. "Economic Trends and Challenges Facing the North American Pork Industry" was among the topics discussed recently in Saskatoon as part of Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2014. Justin Roelofs, a senior financial services officer with AgStar Financial Services, says although live hog prices have fallen from their record levels this past summer, the market is still strong. "If you look at 2013 the average producer in the U.S. and I'm sure it's very similar in Canada, lost between 3 and $10 per pig. This year the average producer is going to make more like $25 a head. Now open market margins would be quite stronger than that. Open market margins would tell you, if you didn't hedg ...

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Swine Delta Coronavirus Detected at High Traffic Facility in Alberta

November 28, 2014 During the ongoing surveillance activities being conducted by Alberta Pork in collaboration with the Alberta government, Swine Delta Coronavirus (SDCV) has been detected at a pig-handling facility in Alberta. This environmental sample was not taken from a farm or a sick animal. There are no reported cases of SDCV in pigs in Alberta. Alberta Pork is working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) and the facility to investigate the situation and keep producers informed. Together, we have been preparing for the possibility of PED and SDCV for months. A plan is in place to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease, investigate and manage the situation. 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. I ...

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PED Expected to be Major Factor Influencing Live Hog Prices this Winter

November 18, 2014 (from Farmscape.ca) The director of risk management with h@ms Marketing Services expects the effects of PED to be the biggest factor affecting hog prices over the next six months. Live hog prices have fallen by about 20 percent over the past month from the record prices that resulted earlier this fall due to uncertainty over PED but they remain higher than year ago levels. Tyler Fulton, the director of risk management with h@ms Marketing Services, says hog numbers have declined about five to six percent compared to year ago levels but the much heavier carcass weights have offset the large majority of that. "Overall our pork production is down sharply but we’ve seen a lot of ebbs and flows to the production run and consequently have seen significant prices volatility. We do have a little better information than we did. In general we’ve got a idea as to what the death loss is on animals that will be coming in over the course of the next five months or so, so unt ...

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New Case of PED Reported in Ontario

November 14, 2014 A new case of PED was reported yesterday in a farrow to finish farm in Middlesex County, Ontario.  Clinical signs were first observed on Nov. 10 with laboratory confirmation on Nov. 12.  "The most significant risk factor for this farm was pig transport.  The producer and his veterinarian have developed a control and elimination plan for the farm and have notified key service providers." (OSHAB)  This is the first case in Ontario since July 21st. Also, the producer in the last case of PED in the Montérégie region of Quebec on Nov. 5, had multiple buildings with only one barn with clinical signs of diarrhea and vomiting. The pigs were sourced in Ontario.  At present, PED has not been detected on any farms in Alberta. If you have any questions or concerns about your biosecurity, speak to your herd veterinarian or contact Javier Bahamon at the Alberta Pork office at 780-469-8982, or by email at javier.bahamon@albertapork.com. Don& ...

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