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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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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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