Posts Tagged ‘PED’

Since the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) entered Ontario on January 22, 2014, the Ontario Pork Industry has been working together to help manage this disease. Positive cases have been limited to 87 cases. Good biosecurity practices, increased vigilance and strong clean-up efforts have resulted in limiting the spread of the disease.  Although it’s that cold and snowy time of year, don’t let your biosecurity guard down. Be vigilant and keep your herd protected and healthy!

Clinical Signs Include

  • Sudden onset of watery diarrhea +/- vomiting in all ages of pigs
  • High mortality in piglets

If you suspect that your pigs may be infected with PED virus, contact your veterinarian immediately. He or she will provide strategies to help you to manage the disease. Be vigilant and watch for early signs of scouring. Animal Health Lab Submission Forms for PED.

On-Farm Biosecurity

Biosecurity procedures need to become routine business practices. Implementing strict on-farm biosecurity protocols can prevent PED from infecting your pigs. Proper biosecurity measures should include protocols that address animal, supply and personnel movements. Take some time to read through your procedures, ensuring they are correct and in place. Then take the time to review the policies and procedures with staff, highlighting the importance of biosecurity for your herd.

Transportation Biosecurity

PED virus is highly infectious and can be easily spread to farms through contaminated trailers. You should ensure that only washed and disinfected trailers come on to your farm to pick up or deliver live animals.

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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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Ontario has gone four months without a confirmed case of PED.  Now is the time to maintain strict on-farm biosecurity protocols to prevent PED infection in your pigs.

Watch for Clinical Signs

  • Sudden onset of watery diarrhea +/- vomiting in all ages of pigs
  • High mortality in piglets

If you suspect that your pigs may be infected with PED virus, contact your veterinarian immediately. He or she will provide strategies to help you to manage the disease. Be vigilant and watch for early signs of scouring.

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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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PED Reminder for Transporters

Reposted from an Ontario Pork Industry Council E-notice.


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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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