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Biosecurity

Some Audits are a Good Thing…Really!

An audit was completed in 2017 on best management practices in Canadian swine barns. Results show areas for possible improvements in biosecurity, personal protection and training, washing procedures and gestation housing systems. Many of the participating farms had biosecurity protocols like showering in and out...

On the Road Again: Health Research Targets Transport

Transportation is one of the major biosecurity risks for spreading swine diseases. Proper truck washing is time-consuming, expensive and still not completely thorough enough to eradicate disease. A high pressure hydrovac system may be more efficient in washing thoroughly. Dry heating is also very effective...

PRRS Research Prompts Infectious Enthusiasm

A common swine disease in Canada is porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and it is a very expensive disease for the swine industry. It spreads in many ways, including through pigs, the air or fomites like equipment and clothing. The greatest risks are employees...

African Swine Fever: The Heat is On

African Swine Fever poses a huge risk to the global pork sector, with it currently spreading throughout China and Europe. It will most likely arrive in North America as well so producers need to be prepared. Symptoms to look for include fever, difficulty standing, weakness,...

African Swine Fever a Hot Topic in Banff

African Swine Fever is a contagious hemorrhagic disease that affects all ages of pigs with a very high mortality rate. It is currently spreading through Europe and China and is largely spread through human activity. This disease is an increasing concern for the Canadian pork...

Researchers Get Testy with Airborne Pathogens

Airborne pathogens can occasionally elude biosecurity measures and are an economic burden for producers. Various filtration devices were tested on how effective they were at reducing the risk of airborne pathogens. A testing platform was built to evaluate different filter and pre-filter combinations against virulent...

New Tools for Improving Biosecurity

Main sources of contamination that increase biosecurity risks were identified along with practices that may increase the risk of contamination. Packing plant loading docks and farms had the highest level of contamination with trucks increasing microbial transfer risk between areas. Transportation is the largest source...

Better Pork April 2020

Articles in the April 2020 Better Pork Include: Beyond the Barn: The Pork Sector's Beef With Protein Labelling, Gut Check: How to Improve Pig Health, Ontario Team Wins Innovation Award Impossible Foods' created a new Impossible Pork product that is supposed to mimic real pork....

Better Pork February 2020

Articles in the February 2020 Better Pork Include: Beyond the Barn: USMCA: Much Ado About Something for Producers, Ontario Updates Animal Welfare Bill, Stakeholders Brace for Risk of ASF The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has been signed. Canadian pork farmers are competing for scarce resources like...

Better Pork October 2019

Articles in the October 2019 Better Pork Include: Beyond the Barn: Video Games Test Swine Disease Control Efforts, Keeping ASF Out of Canada, Producers See Red Over Markets Farmers' risk attitudes are studied through a video game and how they respond to disease threats. This...