Thursday, January 28, 2016

PED in Bruce County

Another case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has shown up in a finisher barn, this time in Bruce County.

It comes six days after a finishing barn in Huron County was hit by the highly contagious virus.

There was another case Jan. 15 at a farrow-to-finish barn in Bruce County.

The virus survives longer in cold weather, so it's not surprising that cases are popping up now. Earlier this month the Ontario Pork Industry Council cautioned hog farmers to be particularly vigilant about transportation vehicles and personnel because the virus has shown up at packing plants and assembly yards in Ontario.

The Bruce County case is the 88th in Ontario since the first one little more than a year ago. 

It was far more widespread and devastating in the United States last year where it;s estimated that eight per cent of piglets died.