Ontario’s swine industry leaders are forming Swine Health Ontario to build on the recent success in tackling the formidable challenge of preventing the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus.
A seven-member team is chaired by Dr. David Alves, former provincial veterinarian and deputy chief veterinarian for Ontario. Lori Moser will be the manager, transitioning from managing director of the Ontario Pork Industry Council.
The organizers say they want to continue the collaborative effort that evolved during the PED crisis and improve swine health for the future.
“Ontario has many pieces in place that are working well,” says Amy Cronin, chair of the Ontario Pork marketing board.
“The intent for Swine Health Ontario is to build on these strengths and provide improved coordination, communication and a long term strategy for swine health management”.
Jay Squire, vice-chairman of the Ontario Pork Industry Council, said “collaboration is a key value of the leadership team. We all need to be pulling in the same direction toward a proactive long-term strategy for swine health.”
Next on the agenda is developing key priorities and a work plan.