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Fighting PED: Everyday efforts that benefit everyone

The porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus is ravaging herds south of the border. Last January, nearly 9,000 positive cases were diagnosed in the United States.

In Quebec, joint efforts by all stakeholders permitted the territory to remain exempt, or almost so, from the presence of this disease. 

Olymel and La Coop Network were very active in this regard. Very early in 2014, Olymel collaborated with the authorities responsible for preparing training for the truckers who transport pigs.

In the abattoirs, strict management procedures for delivery were put in place to limit the risks of transmitting the virus in situations where it could be introduced. Hogs purchased in Ontario were from producers who had previously confirmed the sanitary status of their herds.

Information sheets on biosecurity measures to be adopted during farm visits were given out to prevent those who move about for their work with producers from becoming carriers of the disease.

In La Coop Network, at the beginning of 2014, blood plasma from pigs was removed from rations for freshly weaned piglets. Research allowed for the development of another formula capable of maintaining performance. The Network also specialized processing at its feed production facilities by removing other potentially dangerous ingredients for pigs. Each facility set up biosecurity measures to prevent them from becoming places of inoculation for the virus.

Here are points to monitor in your operation:

  • Control visitors
  • Remove dead animals
  • The spreading of liquid manure
  • Your own back and forth on the farm and in and out of buildings
  • The hiring of external persons for maintenance and repairs
  • Introduction of new materials
  • Returning to the farm with your truck after delivering pigs to the abattoir

Washing, disinfecting and drying trucks used for transporting pigs remains the most important critical point amongst these preventative procedures.

For more details, see the article in the January 2015 issue on page…