Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cross-border hog biosecurity coming

Hog industry leaders from the United States and Canada have begun discussions on cross-border biosecurity.

Those involved so far are the U.S. National Pork Board, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Canadian Pork Council, packing industry representatives and transportation experts.

They are hoping to involve assembly yards and others whose participation could improve biosecurity.

With the lessons of porcine epidemic diarrhea and other disease transmission fresh in their memories, they hope to capture the urgency felt across the swine industry to prevent pathogens from being carried back to the farm from first points of concentration, where they must be contained, said Paul Sundberg, executive director of Canada’s Swine Health Information Centre.