PED and ASF two priorities for Manitoba Pork in 2020

The Chair of Manitoba Pork says eradicating porcine epidemic diarrhoea and protecting herds from and preparing for African swine fever are priorities one and two entering 2020.
calendar icon 3 January 2020
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Moving into the new year animal health remains top of mind among pork producers. Speaking to Farmscape, George Matheson, the Chair of Manitoba Pork, acknowledges 2019 saw some setbacks.

"In regards to PED we'll have over 80 cases this year and that's what we had in 2017.

"In 2018 we ended up with 17 cases so we thought we were on the road to eradication of that disease but, for one reason or another, there were flare-ups again in regards to that virus and we're back to where we were so clearly we have to start approaching it a little differently if we wish to eradicate PED from the province.

"On the world front, African swine fever, of course, has been devastating so the continuation of the spread of African swine fever throughout the world is probably the number one issue for all pork producing nations and those who have not contracted the disease, and Canada is in that group, continue to do their best to keep it out of their country.

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"At the same time we have to be cognisant that there is a reality that it could strike our country so we have to prepare in some way for the repercussions. We always say we are going to hope for the best but plan for the worst.

"We will also continue our battle against PED. We feel that, because of our position geographically, that we should be able to clean it out of our province and keep it out."

Matheson says, moving forward, the sector will be looking for new options for dealing with PED.

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