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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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From a release by OAHN:

The Ontario Animal Health Network has released its new website, which provides a home for animal health information for veterinarians, producers and owners. OAHN.ca features a sign-in area for veterinarians, where they can access survey results and reports to keep on top of animal health patterns in Ontario. For producers, the site features resources, reports, and species specific information. In addition, the website features podcasts, contact information and helpful links and videos for vets, producers, pet owners, and industry experts.

For Vets: How to Sign-Up

If you are a veterinarian that wishes to sign up for access to reports, please click the login/register button on Oahn.ca and fill out the appropriate information. You will be notified upon approval, and when you sign in, you will have access to all veterinarian-only resources and reports. Approvals will be made from Monday to Friday. Weekend registrations will be approved the following Monday morning.

Other Resources

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OntarioAnimalHealthNetwork

Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/OntAnHealthNet

Through these resources we provide updates on OAHN, information and links for Ontario animal health and disease, OMAFRA and CFIA alerts, and informational and educational articles for vets and owners/producers. Posts are made throughout the day, so there is always information for followers to share.

Podcasts: http://oahn.podbean.com/ – Our podcasts cover everything from animal disease to updates from different industry groups to tips for veterinarians in practice. These are fairly short, educational podcasts that are meant for veterinarians and people on the go.

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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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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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A notice from Ontario Pork:

Ontario Pork is hosting a PED Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, December 3rd between 12:00 and 1:00PM EST for the pork industry. Register here to be called for this free, live event with Ontario Pork. This call will provide an update on the current PED situation and actions being taken by the Ontario pork industry. Topics to be discussed include the following:

  • How we are keeping track of PED – truck wash, transport, assembly and processor surveillance, control and elimination progress and service provider involvement
  • Research Results
  • OMAFRA Update
  • Question and Answers

We will be automatically dialing out to our provincial producers and others who have registered for the event and have provided us with their phone numbers. Please note only direct or mobile phone numbers will be accepted.

Register Here

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Ontario has seen very few new reports on the PED front in the last months; however, given the virulence of the virus and its increased persistence in cold weather, additional cases might be expected as winter approaches.  Proper biosecurity remains the best tool to prevent the spread of this virus.  Pork producers and industry stakeholders must continue to be diligent in order to limit the impact of PED in Ontario. It’s critical that everyone follow strict biosecurity procedures at all times. These include the following:

  • Ensure all incoming pigs are from a PED negative farm.
  • Follow and enforce proper entry protocols. Dedicated barn boots and coveralls must be available for all staff and visitors. Use a Danish Entry System that allows for unidirectional flow of staff and visitors entering the barn. A hand wash or hand sanitizer should be available upon entry.
  • If using deadstock pickup, ensure carcasses are picked up off-site. Wash and disinfect equipment used to transfer carcasses from barn to deadstock bin.
  • Ensure transporters are following your farm’s protocol for trailer sanitation. A washed and disinfected trailer will reduce the risk of disease transmission to your farm. Refer to ‘Cold Weather Trailer Disinfection Procedures’ available from OPIC. Communicate biosecurity protocols to any service providers visiting your farm.
  • Refer to the National Swine Farm-level Biosecurity Standard and discuss your biosecurity plan with your veterinarian.
  • Monitor your herd for clinical signs of the disease, particularly vomiting and diarrhea. Call your veterinarian immediately with any concerns. They will advise you on what to do next.

Information on PED, including links to biosecurity protocols, and other best practices related to deadstock and manure handling, etc., are available at www.Ontario.ca/swine. You can also subscribe to this blog and follow @ONswineinfo on Twitter for updates and links to resources.

This virus is very persistent and easily travels with snow and slush. It will require a dedicated effort to keep this one under control, and off your farm, over the coming winter.

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