Friday, January 22, 2016

Finisher barn in Huron hit by PED

A finisher barn in Huron County has had an outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.

It’s the 87th case in Ontario and comes hard on the heels of a report that three farmers in the province have decided to live with the virus rather than eliminate it.

One is an organic farmer and another is a neighbour.

Their names and locations have not been revealed.

Others in the industry have made heroic attempts to eradicate the disease and to keep it from spreading.

Dr. Doug McDougald, who has spent countless hours trying to control and eradicate diseases from Ontario hog farms, has expressed disappointment and warns that the three herds will be a continuing risk to spread the highly-contagious disease to other herds.