The Canadian government announced an investment of $1.5 million in funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnerships’ AgriAssurance Program to the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) to adopt a virus detection system to improve the country’s swine health surveillance.
The surveillance system will provide CPC with consistent information about the health of the swine herd in Canada while tracking warning signs of disease and quickly identifying new swine diseases and emerging diseases before an outbreak occurs.
“Canadian pork producers welcome this investment in research and development from the government of Canada in the area of swine health,” said Rick Bergmann, Canadian Pork Council Chair. “This project will provide comprehensive tests to laboratories and will help veterinarians and producers manage the Canadian hog herd. Furthermore, using the data obtained through this project to inform disease surveillance activities will greatly benefit the industry and help prepare for disease mitigation.”
This investment follows a previous investment of more than $94,000 to the University of Montreal to develop an advanced disease surveillance tool that will enable Canadian hog producers to better understand the frequency of diseases, emerging strains and the movement of endemic diseases in Canada.
Canada’s hog industry includes more than 8,000 hog farms and accounted for $4.5 billion in farm receipts and $4 billion in pork exports in 2017.