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         ASF Potential Game Changer

         Biosecurity Key to Containing PED, Influenza, Other Diseases



ASF Potential Game Changer


Dr. Al Mussell - Agri-Food Economic Systems

Farmscape for January 4, 2019


The Research Lead with Agri-Food Economic Systems suggests, African Swine Fever is a potential game changer when it comes to the Canadian pork sector.


An Agri-Food Economic Systems Agri-Food Policy Note looks at retaliatory duties levied by China on U.S. soybeans, by China and Mexico on U.S. pork and African Swine Fever in China.


Agri-Food Economic Systems Research Lead Dr. Al Mussell says African Swine Fever is such a dangerous and ominous pig disease, one of our priorities in Canada first and foremost is to make sure that we don't get African Swine Fever.


Clip-Dr. Al Mussell-Agri-Food Economic Systems:


On African Swine Fever the best information seems to be at this point that the biggest impacts so far are probably being felt from transportation restrictions that China has put in place to try and regionally contain African Swine Fever.


I don't know that we've been hit by the mass mortalities that are possible from this disease.


The other aspect being, our experience in Canada, we've seen PRRS, we've seen Circovirus, we've seen PED, we've seen other pig diseases but, for the most part, these are growing pig diseases or they're little pig diseases.


African Swine Fever will kill sows.


It's indiscriminate, it's lethal.


When you knock out sows it takes far longer to recover so one of the things we watch in 2019 is whether there's signals in China that they're starting to get hit with heavy mortalities rather than the market disruption being primarily these transportation restrictions.





Biosecurity Key to Containing PED, Influenza, Other Diseases


Dr. Jette Christensen - Canada-West Swine Health Intelligence Network

Farmscape for January 4, 2019


The Manager of the Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network says biosecurity remains number one defense in controlling the spread of PED, Influenza and other diseases.


The goal of the Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network is to help swine practitioners and producers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC improve swine health.


Information is gathered from swine health practitioners and laboratories is compiled and discussed quarterly and distributed to swine veterinarians and producers.


CWSHIN Manager Dr. Jette Christensen says, while fourth quarter data is now being gathered, the third quarter was a really good quarter.


Clip-Dr. Jette Christensen-Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network:


It was quite obvious that, from all the reports, the laboratory reports and the survey that we had from the practitioners that the diseases were very well controlled in the third quarter of 2018.


There wasn't any big problems sticking out.


Even the control of PED in Manitoba seemed to be progressing even though we've had a few outbreaks lately.


The only thing that was a little bit off in the third quarter was there were a couple of farms that had problems with the pandemic Influenza.


It seemed to spread and maintain and cause a bit of grief even over summer where most Influenza types are easier to control.


We concluded that biosecurity remains the number one issue, trying to control the spread of PED, Influenza and other diseases.


It was a really good quarter.