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Consultations Aimed at Creating National Swine Disease Prevention Strategies Underway

March 31, 2014 (from Farmscape.com) The chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board suggests a national approach to dealing with swine disease will put Canada in a much better position to deal with PED and the next disease threat. Since Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea was first identified in Ontario in January it has been confirmed in just over 30 sites in Ontario with isolated cases in Quebec, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. Canadian Swine Health Board chair Brian Sullivan observes strategies introduced over the past four years have played a key role first in delaying the entry of the virus into Canada and now in limiting its spread. "Right now the industry is going through a consultation process to look at a vision for long term sustainable and industry led initiatives on swine health. Industry is resolved to contain and eliminate PED from Canada and discussions are taking place right now on a national strategy to achieve that end. There needs to be a concerted effort to do this qu ...

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Pork Producers Advised to Treat Assembly Yards as PED Positive

March 28, 2014 (from Farmscape.om) An animal care specialist with Manitoba Pork Council is advising pork producers to treat assembly yards as if they are positive for the virus responsible for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. In Mid-February one farm in southeastern Manitoba was confirmed infected by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea and earlier this month environmental sampling at nine high traffic sites, including assembly yards, packing plants and truck wash stations, identified two positive environmental samples. Last week the office of Manitoba's Chief Veterinarian reported no new cases of PED and no new positive environmental samples. Mark Fynn, an animal care specialist with Manitoba Pork Council, says this infection can be stopped by adhering to strict biosecurity protocols. "PED as most of you probably know is now a provincially reportable disease and you need to be very vigilant and report any suspicious clinical signs to your herd vet as soon as you notice them. As I've menti ...

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PED Continues to Spread in the United States and Ontario

March 20, 2014 The deadly pig virus known as PED is continuing to spread rapidly in the United States, wiht the number of cases having doubled since January. In Ontario, 5 new cases have been reported in the last week, bringing the total number in that province to 34. Here are the latest ones: March 17, 2014     Huron      Farrow-to-feeder March 17, 2014     Perth        Finisher March 17, 2014     TBC         Finisher March 14, 2014     Huron      Finisher March 14, 2014     Oxford      Finisher These new cases highlight the need for strict biosecurity in regard to trucks, material and people entering your farm. If in doubt, ask your herd veterinarian to do a complete review of your biosecurity protocols to ensure that your animals and your business are protected. For updates and more details on PED prevention, go to the Alberta Pork webs ...

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5 New Cases of PEDv Reported in Ontario in the Past Week

March 12, 2014 After a few days of no new PED cases in Ontario, the last week has seen 5 new cases reported, including one yesterday. It brings the total number in Ontario to 29. Here are the latest ones: March 11, 2014              Haldimand             Finisher March 7, 2014                Oxford                     Finisher March 7, 2014               Huron                      Finisher March 7, 2014               Middlesex               Finisher March 4, 2014               Bruce                      Finisher The cases in Huron and Bruce are of particular note as they represen ...

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U.S. Deadly Pig Virus Cases on the Rise

March 10. 2014 (Reuters) - Cases of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, a highly contagious pig disease, are increasing across the U.S. farm belt, a group of animal health researchers said. Confirmed cases of PEDv increased by 252 in the week ending March 1, bringing the total number to 4,106 in 26 states, according to data released on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Laboratory Network. While one case can represent an individual animal or an entire herd at a single site, swine specialists estimate PEDv has killed at least 4 million U.S. hogs since it was discovered in May 2013. Pork processors were finding it more difficult to purchase hogs for slaughter due to the virus, which is starting to affect the pork supply and could eventually boost pork prices for consumers, industry sources said. The Canadian Swine Health Board has confirmed that four provinces also have cases of the virus. The provinces are Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Isla ...

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Fears Over Losses from PED Drive Live Hog Markets

March 10, 2014 (from Farmscape.com) The director of risk management with h@ms Marketing Services says fears over possible slaughter hog shortages due PED are driving up hog prices. As a result of fears over the potential impact of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea on slaughter hog supplies both cash and futures markets have caught fire. Tyler Fulton, the director of risk management with h@ms Marketing Services, reports we have evidence of positive tests for the disease from five months previous and futures markets are reacting to speculation of significant losses and as a consequence the cash and futures markets are really taking off. "We're at a bit of a turning point where we think that the hog numbers are going to start really taking a decline due to earlier losses. To date we've not seen a significant effect from PED however by July it's anticipated that we could see something in the neighbourhood of four to possibly six, seven, we've heard estimates as high as nine per ...

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Update on CFIA Investigation into Link Between Feed and PEDv

March 5, 2014 Scientific testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) cannot confirm a link between feed containing blood plasma and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) cases in Canada. As reported on February 18, the CFIA conducted a bioassay study on US-origin porcine blood plasma used in feed pellets produced by Grand Valley Fortifiers. The study demonstrated that the porcine blood plasma in question contained PED virus capable of causing disease in pigs. However, the study could not demonstrate that the feed pellets containing the blood plasma were capable of causing disease. In line with our commitment to science, the Agency will continue to analyze feed and feed ingredients, as well as epidemiological information gathered during the investigation, in order to verify that CFIA controls continue to protect Canadian livestock. In addition, the CFIA will examine any new lines of enquiry related to feed that may emerge, in particular from ongoing testing in Canada and the US. In r ...

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PEDv Vaccine Proving Ineffective

March 3, 2014 (from the Western Producer) Long-living virus poses unique challenges for swine researchers and producers A vaccine developed to fight porcine epidemic diarrhea is ineffective in protecting piglets, says a swine veterinarian. Dr. Egan Brockhoff of Prairie Swine Health Services told a Feb. 19 meeting of hog producers in Lethbridge that a vaccine developed in the United States by Harrisvaccines may reduce viral shedding but will not keep the disease out of herds. “Vaccine technology has improved a lot in the last 10 years, but this morning, we’re waking up with no effective vaccine against PED and we will wake up tomorrow with no effective vaccine,” Brockhoff said. He said the vaccine developer, well-known hog disease specialist Dr. Hank Harris, has told him that at least 800,000 doses of vaccine have been distributed to U.S. hog producers. They have failed to limit the spread of PED in the U.S., where it has infected more than 3,000 hog operations in 24 ...

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