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The Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) has just released it’s Q3 swine producer/industry report. You can view the report by clicking the following link: https://oahn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-Q3-OAHN-Swine-Producer-Industry-Report.pdf

This issue includes an overview of Senecavirus A on-farm detection in Ontario, influenza A reminders and the 2019 PED outbreak in Manitoba. It also contains several African Swine Fever topics, including a global disease surveillance update, provincial planning and preparedness update and information on how to report feral pigs in Ontario.

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The most recent OAHN Swine Producer report is now available!  You can access the report by visiting the OAHN website at http://www.oahn.ca or by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.

The issue includes:

  • Senecavirus A (SVA) detection on-farm. What swine producers need to look for
  • African Swine Fever (ASF): global disease surveillance update
  • African Swine Fever (ASF): Provincial planning update – what to do if you see feral pigs in Ontario
  • Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) & Porcine Deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) update



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Cooler temperatures are on the way, and it is important to review your biosecurity practices and procedures on farm.  Whether it is PED or other pathogens, ensuring strict on-farm biosecurity protocols will help you prevent infection and keep your pigs healthy.

Proper biosecurity measures should include protocols that address animal, supply and personnel movements. Take the time to review the policies and procedures with staff, highlighting the importance of biosecurity for your herd.

Set up Controlled and Restricted Access zones on your property, and make sure they are well signed to prevent non-authorized entry.

When it comes to farm access, all vehicles should be clean and free from manure. If a vehicle has been at another farm site, make sure it is washed properly before arriving. This is especially true for trucks and trailers. Ensure clothing and footwear coming on site is clean and has not been on other farms, and make use of a visitor log book to track who has been on your property and when.

At a minimum, set up and use a Danish Entry or other comparable system with a hand wash station for any personnel movement in and out of the barn. Designated boots and clothing should be available and used. Where possible, make use of a shower in/shower out system. Do not wear barn clothing or boots outside.

When bringing in supplies and equipment take appropriate precautions such as disinfection and removal from shipping boxes where appropriate. Ensure you have an effective rodent and pest control program in place, and use screens for bird control. Do not allow pets in barns as they can also be a vector for disease transfer.

Although the cold and snow are fast approaching, don’t let your biosecurity guard down. Be vigilant and keep your herd protected and healthy!


Detailed information on biosecurity practices and procedures can be found on the OMAFRA livestock website at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/swine/health.html.

Biosecurity ‘STOP’ signs and visitor log books can be ordered by contacting the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

For more information, contact:
Laura Eastwood, Ph.D
Swine Specialist, OMAFRA



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PED survives better in colder weather. Producers and truckers should review biosecurity and truck washing protocols. Information can found on the OMAFRA website. 

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The program for the 2015 Shakespeare Swine Seminar is available:

Shakespeare Brochure 2015 (pdf)



Larry Coleman, Broken Arrow, Nebraska, USA and Steve Horton from Thomas Livestock Co., Broken Bow, Nebraska, USA will talk about loose housing and high sow productivity and if they can co-exist? They will also speak on increasing employee engagement.

Other speakers will talk about PED eradication; new livestock medicine rules in the U.S.; load out designs; and additional topics relevant to the pork industry.

See the brochure for the full program.

Cost: (Cash or Cheque Only)
$ 30 — if pre‐registered by Sept 22, 2015
$ 25 — for additonal people from the same farm
$ 40 — at the door

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Centralia 2015lSpeaking at the 34th Centralia Swine Research Update on Wednesday, Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health and Information with the US National Pork Board highlighted their efforts to be better prepared when the next health threat emerges. Lessons learned from their experiences with PED helped determine their strategy.

The US was not well prepared for PED. In 2014 the NPPC produced a resolution for a plan of coordination and preparedness for the US Swine Industry in the event of the identification/introduction of any new economically significant but non-reportable swine disease. It’s now recognized that industry needs to take enhanced responsibility for non-regulatory diseases. The US Pork Board is playing a key role in improving the industry’s readiness for emerging diseases.

She described an approach to improving preparedness in three main areas:  a Response Plan including a coordinated state-federal-industry response; a Swine Matrix Project to identify potentially important diseases globally and have information about them in hand or knowledge gaps identified, and to improve diagnostics and surveillance systems; and improved swine information sharing, including the creation of a new Swine Health and Information Center.

Dr. Becton concluded by emphasizing that:

  • PEDV probably will not be the last emerging disease the industry faces; therefore, an emerging disease plan is essential
  • As part of that plan, monitoring of global disease issues is critical and includes pre-emptive plan for key needs for disease diagnosis and management
  • Cooperation and collaboration between all sectors of industry and government is a must

The Proceedings of the Centralia Swine Research Update are now available online. It includes summaries of all presentations on pain control, nutrition, health, and many written updates on a wide range of topics.

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Centralia 2015 logo smallOn Wednesday January 28th the 34th annual Centralia Swine Research Update will be held at the Kirkton-Woodham Community Centre in Kirkton. This year the feature speaker is Dr. Lisa Becton, Director, Swine Health Information and Research, US National Pork Board. Dr. Becton will be speaking on Preparing For The Next Emerging Disease / Lessons Learned From PED. Dr. Becton will also provide an update on PED cases occurring across the US, and review research they have conducted on feed, manure and other areas.

To round out the program, Ontario researchers and graduate students will cover topics on Zinc & Anti-Microbial Resistance, Dynamics of Nitrogen Retention in Gestating Sows, Improving sow productivity through genetics and genomics, Pain Control in Pigs, Swine influenza in nursery pigs and more.

The Centralia Swine Research Update was initiated in 1982 by staff at Centralia College to bring researchers and their work together with participants in the pork industry. The event continues to be planned and executed by a committee of industry partners, with support from OMAFRA staff. Its success over the past three decades is due to the quality and timeliness of the program, and the participation of local researchers and experts, as well as experts brought in from other parts of Canada or the US.

Registration is $20 if you’re a producer or a student, or $40 for industry reps and includes refreshments, hot pork meal and proceedings.

Registration deadline is Friday Jan 23.

For more information visit www.centraliaswineresearch.ca or phone 519 271- 0119.

Hope to see you at the Centralia Swine Research Update on Jan 28 in Kirkton.

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Good biosecurity is the best way to keep PED out of your barn. Transporters and producers should review their transport biosecurity protocols in light of a new case of PED being diagnosed.   Two good resources are ColdWeatherTrailerDisinfection.pdf and Truck Wash Video LinkMore Transportation Biosecurity Information

Reprinted from an OPIC December 11, 2014 E-Notice:

A new PED case was diagnosed in Ontario Dec 8, 2014. The case was diagnosed at an all in/all out finishing barn in Oxford County. This case is related to the Niagara case diagnosed December 2nd. The producer and his veterinarian immediately implemented a control and elimination plan for the farm and have arranged for orderly marketing to reduce risks to the industry. They are participating in the OSHAB PED ARC&E and have notified key service providers.

The PEDV infection in this barn was introduced from a PEDV contaminated trailer. Earlier in the day, a cleaned and disinfected trailer picked up market hogs at another finisher barn within this production system in the Niagara area. After delivering market hogs to the processing plant, the back end of the trailer was scraped forward into the belly and the rear compartment was disinfected. This scraped and disinfected trailer was then used to pick up an additional load of market hogs at this barn in Oxford County. The Niagara area barn was diagnosed with PED the next day. There are no other related sites with suspect signs and all related sites has tested negative. The production system is assessing risk reduction transportation strategies.

Please review your biosecurity procedures on farm and consider your transport protocols.

Our thanks to the producer for his rapid response and transparency as we work together as an industry to control and eliminate PED cases in Ontario this fall and winter.

Lori Moser
OPIC/OSHAB/OPC Managing Director
Cell 519-577-6742 (OPIC)
Home office 519-684-6805
Fax 519-272-2215


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As a new case of PED is reported in Ontario, now is a good time to review your biosecurity procedures. Visit Ontario.ca/swine for a listing of biosecurity resources. door sign cropped

Reposted from Ontario Pork Industry Council E-Notice:

PED Notice December 6, 2014

A new PED case was diagnosed in Ontario Dec 2, 2014. The case was diagnosed at an all in/all out finishing barn in the Niagara region. The producer and his veterinarian have developed a control and elimination plan for the farm, are participating in the OSHAB PED ARC&E and have notified key service providers.

Please review your biosecurity procedures on farm.

Our thanks to the producer for his rapid response and transparency as we work together as an industry to control and eliminate PED cases in Ontario this fall and winter.

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34th Annual Centralia Swine Research Update

Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Information and Research with the US National Pork Board will address “Preparing for the Next Emerging Disease/Lessons Learned from PED”, and provide an update on PED research.

Centralia 2015 logo smallWednesday, January 28th, 2015, Kirkton-Woodham Community Centre, Registration at 9:15am, Program 9:50-3:30pm.

There are also many other topics on the program including enrichment for pigs, pain control, iron requirements of piglets, and more. And even more in written reports included in the Proceedings. Registration is $20 for producers and students ($40 for industry) and includes refreshments and a hot lunch. Registration is required by January 23rd, 2015.

The full program and flyer with registration information have just been posted at www.centraliaswineresearch.ca. Thirteen years of past Proceedings are available on the website.

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