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You're Invited! Alberta Pork Telephone Town Hall - Thursday, April 2

March 30, 2015 Alberta Pork's next Telephone Town Hall runs Thursday, April 2 at 10:30 am Mountain Time as we bring you the latest on PED and discuss an issue of growing importance to producers and industry: Antibiotics. How are the regulations changing around antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance? What do they mean to producers and their businesses? What are the implications of the "growth promotion vs. disease prevention" controversy? 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.   Our special guest for this call: * Dr. Leigh Rosengren, CEO- Rosengren Epidemiology Consulting and Owner of Fresh Cravings Farms    (Recently a featured speaker at the Banff Pork Seminar)   To participate, call 1-877-229-8493 on Thursday, April 2 at 10:30 am M ...

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Swine Health to Lead the Agenda at Alberta Pork Regional Meetings

March 20, 2015 As the weather heats up, so does the interest in Alberta Pork’s regional meetings. If you’re looking for hot topics and warm welcomes, we’ve got you covered. Given the impact of PED and other diseases on our industry of late, we have some timely talks from experts on pressing issues such as the use of blood plasma in feed, antibiotics, the Code of Practice and PED/SDCV updates. We’ll also have important updates on Alberta Pork programs and progress from Chairman Frank Novak and Executive Director Darcy Fitzgerald. We invite you to join us at the meeting of your choice. Tuesday, May 26:           Vegreville                            Pomeroy Inn & Suites, 6539 Hwy 16A West Wednesday May 27:       Red Deer                            Black Knight Inn, 4847A 19 ...

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Bird Deltacoronavirus Identified in Alberta

March 6, 2015 The National Centre for Animal Diseases (NCAD) in Winnipeg has detected a previously unreported bird deltacoronavirus in Alberta. This virus is reacting with the laboratory test used for detection of Porcine Deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) in Alberta.  PDCoV is also known as Swine Delta Coronavirus (SDCV). There have been a few positive tests for PDCoV in Alberta since October 2014, all from environmental samples taken in pig-­‐handling facilities. Investigations have not identified any positive farms or cases of the disease in pigs. Previous research has identified other bird viruses that are closely related to PDCoV. Samples from sparrows in a facility with previous positive environmental tests for PDCoV were submitted to NCAD for virus identification. The positive PDCoV samples were taken as part of an environmental surveillance program for PDCoV and porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus that has been in operation in Alberta since January 2014. The program, ru ...

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Truck and Trailer Wash Standards Still Highly Variable

Mar 6, 2015 (from The Pig Site) CANADA - A Red Deer based swine veterinarian reports the diligence with which livestock trailers are being washed and disinfected to reduce the potential spread of PED still varies widely, reports Bruce Cochrane. To help reduce the risk of spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, provincial pork organisations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Canadian Pork Council, and a team of western Canadian veterinarians have rolled out the Canadian Truck Wash Facility Registration Pilot Project. Dr Egan Brockoff, a swine veterinarian with Prairie Swine Health Services in Red Deer, explains over the past month auditors have been assessing truck wash facilities and truck wash procedures using a new tool developed late last year. Dr Egan Brockoff-Prairie Swine Health Services: We have found that there's lots of opportunity for improved education in the truck wash facilities but we found that the truck washes are very receptive. They want to learn and they ...

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Canadian Truck Wash Facility Registration Pilot Project Helps Facilities Improve Biosecurity

March 2, 2015 (from Farmscape.ca) A pilot project underway in western Canada is helping livestock truck wash facilities step up biosecurity and improve their truck washing procedures to help reduce the risk posed by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. To help reduce the risk of spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea provincial pork organizations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Canadian Pork Council and a team of western Canadian veterinarians have rolled out the Canadian Truck Wash Facility Registration Pilot Project. Any truck wash facility on the prairies that deals with swine livestock trailers is eligible to participate. Mark Fynn, an Animal Care Specialist with Manitoba Pork, explains collaborators developed assessment tools that standardize what we’re looking for in truck wash facilities and the procedures they’re using to ensure they are optimizing biosecurity and minimizing risk to clients. "We started off by setting up a collaborator group to develop these assessments ...

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