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Barn building code changes under fire after blaze

Hog Watch Manitoba is concerned that proposed building code changes will decrease fire safety; 
the province and pork industry don’t agree

Manitoba Pork is standing by the province’s proposed building code changes, even as advocacy group Hog Watch Manitoba argues they might increase the risk of hog barn fires. In January 2017, Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced plans to repeal the Farm Building Code and instead roll farm structures into the provincial building code. The changes […] Read more


Pork sector calls for washing station changes

Manitoba Pork argues a return to domestic wash stations will allow greater control over variables that might contribute to the spread of PEDv

Manitoba Pork wants to see the return of Canadian-based wash stations for hog transport trailers coming back from the United States. If implemented, it would be an echo of a 2014 pilot project, one of several emergency measures by the pork sector following the first Canadian outbreaks. News of the virus’s spread to Canada in […] Read more



PEDv risk factors identified as investigation continues

The PEDv investigation has identified potential vectors for the virus to slip into barns

Manitoba’s Chief Veterinarian Officer continues to investigate the ongoing PEDv infection in southeastern Manitoba, an outbreak that has broken records as the worst on record. Both the Chief Veterinarian Officer and Manitoba Pork Council have noted biosecurity gaps in the region and have asked producers to tighten up biosecurity. As the investigation into the source […] Read more


Vaccine put to the test as PEDv outbreak continues

Clinical trials have shown high hopes for the vaccine, which has been deployed to a producer in the PEDv hot zone in southeast Manitoba

[Updated June 16, 2017] A vaccine that researchers say has been over 90 per cent effective against PEDv in clinical trials is on track for another field test in southeast Manitoba. Dr. Volker Gerdts, associate director of research at VIDO-InterVac and one of the lead researchers on the project, says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency […] Read more



HogWatch calls for safer barns

A watchdog group says a recent barn fire illustrates the need for safer barns. Approximately 3,500 hogs died June 8 when fire engulfed two barns last week near New Bothwell. Hespeler Hog Farms was also one of the operations affected by an outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) earlier this spring. HogWatch Manitoba says the […] Read more


Call-in town hall urges biosecurity in face of PEDv outbreak

The June 2 forum gave producers and industry representatives an update on PEDv 


More cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) have been confirmed in Manitoba, despite increasingly strenuous calls for producers to ramp up biosecurity. Thirteen cases of PEDv were confirmed from April 29 to June 7. The most recent cases bring Manitoba’s PEDv record to 23. “It’s all very well having a document or a set […] Read more



Still a lot to learn about hog nutrition

Ideas for small but significant changes may be difficult to incorporate into large-scale operations

As the hog industry becomes more integrated, small changes in nutrition can have significant financial impacts across large systems. That means that swine nutritionists and academics are challenged to think about what level of proof is needed for changes to be implemented in the barn. That is one of the conundrums facing swine nutrition, says […] Read more


Manitoba hits record numbers of PED virus

Three more were cases confirmed in the 
fourth week of May

Eight cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) have been confirmed in Manitoba in the last month, making this the worst year on record for the virus. Last year, five cases of the disease were reported. Two of the eight cases were found 20 kilometres away from the initial infection area, whereas the initial cases were […] Read more



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Pork industry nervous as newest PED cases confirmed

Manitoba’s PED record rises to 15 cases total and five this year

Another two barns in southeast Manitoba have tested positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in the fourth and fifth cases of the disease this year. A finisher and sow barn were confirmed PED positive in the space of two days. Manitoba Pork Council general manager Andrew Dickson said finisher barn staff noticed symptoms May 14. […] Read more


Ground about to break in Killarney on HyLife feed mill

Killarney will be the home of the newest HyLife feed mill after municipal council 
approved the site for building in mid-April

Farm-to-fork pork producer HyLife has cleared the final hurdle before construction begins on a proposed feed mill in Killarney, Man. this month. The Killarney-Turtle Mountain municipal council unanimously approved a conditional use order April 19, allowing the mill to be built in the northeast end of the community. “We’ve been working with HyLife probably for […] Read more