Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Hog Producers Want Vaccine Info

By Manny Paiva

Ontario's Chief Vet calls on CFIA to release more information about vaccine to fight PED virus.

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Ontario's Chief Veterinarian is calling on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to release more information about a vaccine to fight a virus that kills young pigs.

Doctor Greg Douglas says the industry wants to know what the vaccine is, how it might be used and how effective it might be.

He says the decision on whether to use it is a decision best made by the producer and his veterinarian.

The P-E-D virus has been found at five hog operations in Ontario and has killed millions of piglets in the U-S.

Federal officials have announced they will allow the importation of the vaccine into Canada.


Classmates of an Ontario man in the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program have set up a fund in his honour.

Dean Tiessen was with New Energy Farms in the Leamington area, helped establish the province's fledgeling biomass sector and was a leader in the greenhouse vegetable industry.

He died late last year in Brazil.

The Dean Tiessen Memorial Fund will help support the third seminar of each AALP class.

The Rural Ontario Institute, which delivers the leadership program, will administer the fund.


The federal government says it will keep closer tabs on rail companies because of a transportation bottleneck that has left a bumper crop of grain still sitting on some farmer's fields.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says he is changing the grain monitoring program so rail companies will now report back monthly on their performance instead of every three months.

Frustrated farmers have been calling for action since the fall.




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