Farmscape for April 20, 2017
The Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Centre says, by working together, the Canadian and U.S. swine industries can reduce the risk of disease transmission in both countries.
U.S. and Canadian swine health officials are working cooperatively to develop standardized biosecurity and biocontainment recommendations to reduce the potential for the transmission of swine disease from points of high concentration, such as packing plants, sow buying stations and assembly yards, back to the farm.
Dr. Paul Sundberg, the Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Centre, says we know animals coming into points of concentration bring with them what ever infection is endemic in their herd so the goal is to develop recommendations for minimizing interactions.
Clip-Dr. Paul Sundberg-Swine Health Information Centre:
This is an effort to provide standardized recommendations for this biocontainment, biosecurity with these interactions with the first points of concentration.
There are a lot of different programs out there.
Some individual producers have their protocols, some breeding stock companies have their protocols so there's a lot of resources.
The National Pork Board and I'm sure the Canadian Pork Council have all given recommendations about transportation biosecurity.
What we don't have is a standardized protocol, something that we can all agree on that here is the baseline and everybody needs to agree that this is the minimum that should happen and, from that point on, there may be additional things that companies or individuals want to add to it.
What this is is trying to consolidate the best points of all of those individual programs into one set standard of recommendations and then implementing that throughout the industry.
Of course that's going to be voluntary but we think that providing that baseline standard is something that producers will embrace.
Dr. Sundberg says helping one can help all, both in Canada and the U.S.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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