Older pigs infected with the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus may become sick and go off their feed but usually recover. However, it is 100 percent fatal for young piglets.  |  File photo

Hog barns urged to beef up defences against PED virus

Barn workers must be diligent, report any unusual behaviour among the pigs and pay attention to diarrhea

STRATHMORE, Alta. — Hog farmers need to accelerate their biosecurity plans to keep the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus off their premises. Four cases between Jan. 7 and March 18 have been found on farrow-to-finish operations in Alberta, said Javier Bahamon, quality assurance manager with Alberta Pork. Barn workers must report any unusual behaviour among […] Read more

Investigations into three of the affected farms have found no transport links to Manitoba, Ontario or the United States, which are all locations where PED has been found.  |  File photo

Alberta continues search for source of PED virus

The affected farms have a few things in common, but no firm links regarding potential spread are evident

A few answers and more questions have emerged as investigations continue into Alberta’s four cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. The fourth case was confirmed March 15, two days after a provincial briefing on the first three cases. Investigators in the provincial chief veterinary office and Alberta Agriculture have ruled out several ways the virus […] Read more

Alberta's first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea is so far confined to a single 400-sow farrow-to-finish operation in east-central Alberta. | File photo

Alberta’s first PED discovery brings worry

BANFF, Alta. — These are dark days for the 400-sow farrow-to-finish hog operation in Alberta that was infected with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in a case confirmed Jan. 7. Baby pigs that would otherwise face slow death from dehydration and malnutrition are being euthanized. Every movement on and off the farm in recent weeks is […] Read more