Front Line Protection Against Swine Disease

by 5m Editor
23 June 2011, at 9:10am

CANADA - The Canadian Swine Health Board says its new national swine biosecurity training programme will provide pork producers the tools they need to help protect their industry from new and emerging diseases, Bruce Cochrane writes.

The Canadian Swine Health Board's national swine biosecurity training programme has been launched in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba and will be rolled out across the country this summer.

Canadian Swine Health Board chair Florian Possberg says anyone in the business of producing hogs qualifies.

Florian Possberg-Canadian Swine Health Board

We know that the best way to maintain high productivity in our units is to maintain a high level of health.

The old adage that the ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure really applies to a lot of swine diseases and disease in general so, by improving biosecurity around our production units, we think we can go a long way to protecting our units from new and emerging diseases.

It really is a priority for our units.

It will minimize the risk of disease spread.

We believe every measure taken on the farm has a preventive impact and enables producers really to protect their assets so we really encourage all our producers to bring it on board.

It's not only improving your operation but if your neighbor's operation is less at risk of disease, we know that disease is often spread from unit to unit so if we can have a blanket biosecurity programme where everybody works together to protect their units thereby protecting their neighbor as well that's a very good thing.

Mr Possberg says, If we can act as a nation to improve our ability to keep disease out, everyone benefits.

For further information producers should visit the Canadian Swine Health Board web site at or contact their provincial pork organization.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on various pig diseases by clicking here.