Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ontario free of PED for six months

It’s six months since the latest outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, the longest stretch since the disease first came to the province from the United States in January, 2014.

There was a brief flare-up in May and June, including a farrow-to-finish operation in Elgin County on May 16, two finisher barns, one in Oxford County June 7, the other in Waterloo Region June 23, and then a nursery-to-finishing operation in Huron County on June 30.

The industry has stepped up biosecurity to keep the disease from spreading, including better cleaning and disinfecting of trucks and disinfection measures for anyone entering hog barns.