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A PED Checklist for Participants in the Alberta Pork Telephone Town Hall August 22

August 22, 2014 In case you missed the announcement, Alberta Pork is holding its eighth Telephone Town Hall on Friday, August 22 at 10:30 am Mountain Time. We're pleased to announce that we have confirmed Ben Wooley, Vice-President of Sunterra Farms, as our special guest speaker. Ben will be talking about what he and his people are doing around biosecurity now and their plans for the fall. He also has a list of some key questions to ask yourself to make sure your biosecurity is as strong as possible.  Below is a copy of Ben's list. You may want to print it or have it on your computer screen tomorrow during the call to refer to as Ben goes over the questions.   Audit questions for PED prior to winter By Ben Wooley   Transport ·         Have you audited your truck wash and are they following yours and Alberta Pork’s biosecurity protocols? ·       &n ...

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Evaluation of Contaminated Complete Feed as vehicle for PEDv Infection

August 18, 2014 Abstract Background: Since its initial detection in May 2013, porcine epidemic  diarrhea virus (PEDV) has spread  rapidly throughout the US swine industry. Initially, contaminated  feed was proposed as a risk factor for PEDV; however, data were not available to support this theory. Here we provide proof of concept of this risk by describing  a novel means for recovering PEDV-contaminated complete  feed material from commercial swine sites and conducting  an in vivo experiment to prove its infectivity. Results: For on-farm detection of PEDV RNA in feed, paint rollers were used to collect material from at-risk feed bins from 3 clinically affected breeding  herds. This material was tested by PCR and determined to be positive for PEDV-RNA (Ct = 19.50-22.20 range). To test infectivity,  this material was pooled  (Ct = 20.65) and a Treatment  group of 3-week old PEDV-naïve piglets  were allowed  to consume it via na ...

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Hot Water Pressure Washing Shown Effective in Cleaning Swine Manure Application Equipment

August 11, 2014 (from The executive director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative says the use of hot water pressure washing equipment is helping custom swine manure applicators reduce the risk of spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. Biosecurity considerations for commercial swine manure applicators in light of PED was among the topics discussed as part of a water and nutrient management field day Friday at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station. John Carney, the executive director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative, reports we’re seeing a lot more interest in the use of hot water pressure washers. "Hot water works better than cold water for a number of reasons. It cleans faster so it’s quicker to use and because it cleans faster and is quicker to use it needs less water. Since you’re not crossing the line of separation, manure applicators wouldn’t go into the barn to get water. They’ ...

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Paper Examines Role of Potentially Contaminated Feed as Source of First PED Cases in Canada

August 7, 2014

Dr. Soren Alexandersen has announced that work on PEDV Bioassay on imported spray dried plasma involved in introduction of PED into Canada has now been published online.

Among other things, it includes the following statement:

"Despite the fact that the tested PEDV genome positive feed did not result in obvious piglet infection in our  bioassay experiment, contaminated  feed cannot  be ruled out as a likely source of this introduction in the field where many other variables may play a contributing  role."

To see the complete report, click here.



Reviewing the Latest Alberta Pork Telephone Town Hall

August 5, 2014

Last week, Alberta Pork hosted the eighth in a series of Telephone Town Halls on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED). In addition to a comprehensive update on the disease both globally and locally from noted PED expert Dr. Egan Brockhoff, there were some fascinating discussions on the use of porcine plasma and the recent appearance of a PED vaccine in the United States.

While PED is not in the headlines as much these days, Dr. Brockhoff pointed out that the need for vigilance in biosecurity is as great as ever. There are still 100 cases a week being reported in the United States, and the positive feed sample in Alberta recently, while it was detected before it could reach a farm, indicates that PED did enter our province. As well, Dr, Brockhoff and other experts feel there is a real chance of an upswing in PED come the fall and winter.

For a complete recording or transcript of this telephone town hall, check the PED portal of the Alberta Pork website next week.

Alberta Pork PED Telephone Town Hall to Address Hot Button Issues

July 30, 2014 While the pace of PED has slowed in recent months, the threat is still very real, and many believe that the danger will increase in the fall. With that in mind, Alberta Pork is hosting a Telephone Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 31 to upate producers and industry on PED and discuss key issues including porcine plasma and the vaccine currently being used in the United States. In addition to our expert panel that includes Dr. Egan Brockhoff and Dr, Frank Marshall, we're pleased to be joined by DL Hank Harris, President and CEO of HARRISVACCINES, Inc. Draft Agenda: * Update on the current PEDv situation in Canada and the United States. * Discussion with our panelists about PEDv and Biosecurity practices * Use of porcine plasma in starter diets You'll also have a chance to ask questions of our speakers and get answers to your most pressing concerns around PED. To participate, call 1-877-229-8493 on Thursday, July 31 at 10 am and enter Pin # 11233 ...

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First Canadian Case of PED since June 13 Reported in Ontario

July 22, 2014 Since the last reported case of PED in Ontario on June 13, Canada had been free of new cases for over a month. That changed on July 21 as PED was reported on a farrow-to-finish operation in Perth County in Ontario. That brings the total number of cases in Ontario to 63. The disease continues to spread in the United States as well, with 91 new cases last week. There are now 7,719 confirmed cases in the U.S. involving 30 states. These developments underscore the importance of staying vigilant at all times with biosecurity practices. While PED poses no danger to humans or the food supply, it causes up to 100% mortality in nursing pigs. The virus is spread by the fecal-oral route, with the most common sources of infected feces coming onto a farm being pigs, trucks, boots, clothing, or other things that can physically move it. Make sure all incoming animals are healthy. All trucks and trailers MUST be thoroughly washed, dried and disinfected before they go back on-farm, especia ...

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Custom Manure Applicators Take Added Precautions to Avoid Spreading PED

July 15, 2014 (from The manager of Steinbach based Precision Pumping says custom manure applicators are taking added precautions to avoid the risk of spreading PED. As a result of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea pork producers and their service providers have stepped up their focus on biosecurity. Doug Redekop, the president and general manager of Precision Pumping a producer owned custom manure application service, says the cooperative has taken a number of steps to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. "Number one, we’ve had to give a lot more thought to the farms that we’re going to day to day. Our focus has always been on trying to start at the top of a health pyramid,. i.e. either the nucleus or sow barn and then trying to work our way down within the pyramid so that there are at least some assurances that the health statuses are constant within that pyramid so we stay in good communication with our customer and also our nutrient planner so that we’ ...

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Pig Feed in Alberta Tests Positive on PCR for PED Virus

July 7, 2014

A pig starter feed product in Alberta has tested positive for the PED virus. The test only  detects genetic material from the virus, but does not indicate if the feed could cause PED if pigs ate it. The feed was not sold and did not reach a farm. The entire batch of feed will be destroyed. There are no cases of PED  in pigs in Alberta.

Biosecurity is the most important tool for keeping PED virus out of farms. Biosecurity includes movement of pigs, people and trucks, as well as feed ingredients and rations. Producers are encouraged to work with their veterinarian to develop the best biosecurity protocols that consider all of the potential risks for their herds.

PED virus risk is expected to increase again in the fall with the arrival of cooler weather.

June Biosecurity Tip - Reducing Disease Transmission Risks during Loading

June 26, 2014 (from Ontario Pork Industry Council newsletter) Significant work has been done with respect to required wash procedures needed to reduce the risk of disease transmission associated with the transport of pigs. However, providing a biosecure method for the driver to enter a “clean” trailer has focused on using a tote containing clean boots, coveralls, gloves and a hat. If the protocol of using a tote and entering through the man door of the trailer is followed, it can result in effective disease control. But it becomes almost impossible in bad weather. It is also very difficult if the driver is physically challenged or improperly trained. If the driver inadvertently enters a “clean” trailer with contaminated footwear then all the work and cost of cleaning the trailer is potentially compromised. One solution is to devise a more functional method for drivers to enter the trailer in a biosecure fashion. Details On page two of this document is a concept drawing ...

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