This Winter/Spring Critical In Ontario’s PED Battle

Doctor Marty Misener says the 2014-15 winter/spring season will tell the tale about Ontario’s longer-term PED status.

He says the industry has show it is able to eliminate the disease on all types of operations.

Doctor Misener says strong co-operation by producers and other hog industry stakeholders has helped put a lid on the spread of the disease.

But he says now is the time to spend the money on washed and disinfected trucks and to focus on biosecurity.

A Niagara Region finishing barn is the latest with a confirmed PED diagnosis.

That was confirmed earlier this week.

It’s the third new case in the past 4 weeks after going from mid-July without any new cases being reported.

The virus prefers the colder weather.

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Doctor Marty Misener expects to have fewer than 20 left in the positive category by the end of the year.

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Misener feels we’re heading into a critical period right now.

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Misener says the industry is working together to provide options for producers to move their animals if barns are infected