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Archive for September, 2012

No body plans to have an accident but it does happen. Listen to the recently posted podcast to hear the talk by Jay Remsik, WSPS  “When Farm Safety and Labour Regulations Collide – What happens when there is an accident on farm?” Learn how labour regulations impact your role as an employer and how to minimize your risk. Available here.

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Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has announced that an individual who worked with swine contracted an H1N1 variant influenza virus. The H1N1 influenza virus can affect swine and people. Many other influenza viruses are known to circulate in birds, swine and people. Influenza viruses can vary in how easily they spread.

Swine producers and other people working with pigs should practice strict biosecurity practices. Information can be found at the OMAFRA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency links below.

To help prevent respiratory conditions and the spread of influenza, good biosecurity practice includes the use of an N95 mask, at all times. Additionally, workers with respiratory or flu-like symptoms, such as coughing, fever and chills, should avoid contact with the livestock and contact a health care professional for advice. Ontario offers free influenza vaccines for the public. Livestock and poultry producers are advised to keep their vaccines up to date.

Producers should continue to monitor their livestock for signs of illness and contact their veterinarian about any concerns. More information for producers on biosecurity is available from OMAFRA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/vet/disease_pre.html

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/biosecurity/eng/1299868055616/1320534707863

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s influenza information is at

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/publichealth/flu/about_flu.aspx

Additional information on Influenza A (H1N1) is available from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/influenza/index-eng.php

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swineflu/people-raise-pigs-flu.htm

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Visit the OMAFRA livestock tent on 7 north machinery mall road for heavy hog feeding information and to see the demo of a heavy hog feeder.

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The 2012 August swine budget has been posted at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/swine/facts/info-b-aug2012.htm

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