Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

PED Virus Found in Ontario

By Manny Paiva

Ag officials are investigating a suspected finding of the P-E-D virus on a farm in Middlesex County.

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Agriculture officials are investigating a southwestern Ontario hog farm after a suspected finding of the P-E-D virus.

It was discovered on a farm in Middlesex County -- and it doesn't affect food safety, and poses no risk to human health or other animals.

The source of the virus isn't known and the affected farm followed strict biosecurity protocols.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food says it's working closely with the producer, the pork industry and the Food Inspection Agency to control the spread of the virus.

The P-E-D virus has killed millions of piglets in the U-S.


The news comes as the federal government announces 15 million dollars for Canada Pork International.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the money will help strengthen the Canadian pork sector and increase access to both existing and emerging international markets.

He says the money will pay for promotional products for existing markets such as Japan, and new markets such as the European Union and South America.


And the Ontario Jersey Club is holding its annual general meeting this weekend in Stratford.

The actual meeting is tomorrow -- but there is a tour today of 5 herds located from Seaforth to Tavistock.

The awards banquet will be held tomorrow.



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