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New swine health network to track animal diseases

Network relies on vets to paint a picture of swine animal health seen in their practices

Reading Time: 2 minutes The newly created Western Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network will help keep producers informed about swine disease monitoring and disease knowledge transfer in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Dr. Egan Brockhoff photo: Supplied “This is a wonderful system. It keeps people informed about what’s going on in the industry. We’re encouraging all vets to participate,” said […] Read more

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Pork producers will soon need to use pain medication in routine swine procedures

Pork producers will need to use pain medications for procedures 
such as castration and tail docking starting in July 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes Change is coming, but it won’t be huge change nor difficult for pork producers to adopt. Effective July 1, 2016, producers will have to use pain mitigation medication when performing procedures like castration and tail docking. “There are a number of these elective husbandry procedures in the code, and these are painful procedures for pigs, […] Read more


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Pork producers urged to remain vigilant for PED virus over the fall and winter

New cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea in Manitoba have 
Alberta producers being warned not to drop their guard

Reading Time: 4 minutes Alberta pork producers are being warned to remain vigilant about a deadly pig virus, but may face another threat — falling prices if the U.S. herd rebounds from the PEDv crisis. The province’s pork sector has been successful in keeping porcine epidemic diarrhea out of Alberta, but new cases in Manitoba in the past month […] Read more