Manitoba Pork reports the Manitoba Coordinated Disease Response initiative has been critical in helping keep pork producers keep up to date on the latest PED outbreak.
Manitoba Pork is encouraging pork producers to step up biosecurity and maintain close communications with their service providers to contain the latest outbreak of PED.
Manitoba Pork is applauding federal efforts to African Swine Fever out of Canada. The introduction of African Swine Fever into Canada would put over 100 thousand jobs in jeopardy and could cost the Canadian economy 24 billion dollars.
The manager of Swine Health Programs says lessons learned in Manitoba are being shared with animal health officials in Alberta as they deal with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
The Chair of Manitoba Pork suggests restrictions on the import of feed from ASF affected countries or quarantines on those products would be valuable in helping reduce the chance of the virus entering North America.
The Chair of Manitoba Pork says both U.S. and Canadian pork producers would benefit from improved U.S. access to world pork markets.
The Chair of Manitoba Pork says, to defend against African Swine Fever, both Canadian and U.S. pork producers would like to see a reduction of feed imports from China.
The Chair of Manitoba Pork says containing PED and preventing ASF will be top of mind in 2019. As well, animal health will be a key focus in the pork sector during the year.
The Chair of Manitoba Pork says positive developments in 2018 on the trade front are good reason for optimism during 2019.