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A veterinarian with Alberta Agriculture says that any person raising pigs should be registered with Alberta Pork’s Swine Traceability system.

Everyone needs to be on traceability system

Even if you have just one pig, you should be registered with Premises Identification

If you raise pigs — whether in a commercial setting, on a natural or organic operation or in the backyard — get a Premises Identification. “During the outbreak, we used it for tracing, and we used it for notifying farms in the risk area,” said Dr. Julia Keenliside, veterinary epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. […] Read more

Relentless PED virus could return to hog barns at any time

An outbreak appears to be contained but incredibly hardy PEDv could reappear at any moment

We’ve got all of Saskatchewan between us — but that’s not enough to shield Alberta from the threat of a deadly pig virus that has swept across Manitoba. The virus that causes porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) is proving to be a challenge unlike any other — an incredibly hardy infectious agent able to travel […] Read more


Quebec books new PED outbreak

A weanling operation in Quebec’s Monteregie is home to the province’s first new case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in almost four years. The provincial agriculture ministry confirmed the new case Friday, marking Quebec’s first since May 2015 and its 17th since the disease first appeared in the province in February 2014. The Monteregie, the […] Read more

Provincial officials are hunting high and low for the source of the virus causing porcine epidemic diarrhea 
but it’s been a “frustrating” process.

Hunt for deadly porcine virus thwarted at every turn

Officials have gone to extraordinary lengths to find out how porcine epidemic diarrhea arrived here


The porcine epidemic diarrhea continues to spread while officials conduct a relentless, but exasperating, search for how the deadly virus is breaching biosecurity defences. Just two days before the fourth case was confirmed on March 15, officials outlined their exhaustive detective work to track down how the virus came to Alberta and how it is […] Read more


Alberta confirms fourth PED outbreak

Alberta took another punch last week in its fight with porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), having confirmed the province’s fourth on-farm case of the disease. Officials with the provincial ag department and Alberta Pork haven’t said where the fourth case is located, nor how far it is from the three southern Alberta properties where outbreaks in […] Read more

Officials in Alberta have undertaken an extensive program for the PED virus but so far all tests have come back negative. Transport trucks are a particular focus and with mucky spring weather, the risk of the virus spreading only increases.

The mystery deepens as third case of PED found in Alberta

It’s not known how the devastating virus arrived or how it showed up in one isolated room on a second farm

Alberta hog producers are no closer to answers about how a devastating virus found its way into the province after a third case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was confirmed at the start of March. “There are several possibilities about how it’s spreading that involve transportation, and we’re still looking into that at this […] Read more


The situation faced by hog producers in Alberta isn’t as dire as it was last summer, 
but it continues to be a struggle.

The situation is better, but Alberta’s pork sector not out of the woods yet

After a dreadful summer, prices are better but producers still losing money, says analyst

Hog markets have improved since early fall, but the situation is far from great. “In terms of the current prices, there’s nothing spectacular,” said Ron Gietz, an extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Still, that’s an improvement on the spectacularly bad period last summer when hog prices plunged by more than 40 per cent […] Read more

Ever since the first case of African swine fever was found in China in August, Dr. Egan Brockhoff has been sounding the alarm. If the virus reaches Canada, it would devastate the pork sector, says the Alberta veterinarian, seen here in an affected area in south China late last year.

African swine fever would be a disaster

There is a ‘clear risk’ the swiftly spreading disease could come here, says leading swine health vet

There is a real risk that the African swine fever virus could enter Canada — and if it did, it would be catastrophic, says one of the country’s leading swine health experts. “If Canada got a single case in our country, our borders would close to all nations,” said Dr. Egan Brockhoff, a partner in […] Read more


The process of dealing with a PED outbreak at an Alberta farm is just one part of a province-wide effort to prevent further cases.

Officials continue all-out effort to prevent spread of PED

Authorities say it’s ‘good news’ that the devastating disease hasn’t spread, but don’t know how it got here

Contain and pray it doesn’t spread. That sums up the approach officials are taking following the arrival of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in the province. So far, tests for the PED virus at other farms, assembly yards, abattoirs, and truck washes have come back negative. However, officials also don’t know how the virus made its […] Read more

Alberta’s PED outbreak so far held to one spot

The probe into Alberta’s first-ever outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea hasn’t yet shown any paths by which the PED virus might have got to the farm — nor any new cases anywhere else in the province. The provincial government on Jan. 7 confirmed the first case of PED to appear in hogs in Alberta, at […] Read more