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Agriculture Report

Costly Outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

By Fadi Didi

Virus in young piglets has cost the industry up to 12 million dollars.


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The general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council estimates an outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in young piglets has cost the industry up to 12 million dollars.

Andrew Dickson says there have been 59 cases of P-E-D since the spring. He says 20 per cent of the sow herd in the province is infected.

He says industry officials aren't sure how the outbreak got started, whether someone who had been exposed elsewhere walked onto a Manitoba farm, or whether some equipment was infected.

But he stresses there is no food safety issue as P-E-D poses no threat to humans.

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Scientists with the University of Maine say they have developed a new tool to allow blueberry growers to get a handle on how many bees they can expect to see around their fields.

The tool is called ``BeeMapper.'' The university plans to unveil it today at Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro as part of the U-Maine Cooperative Extension's annual Wild Blueberry Summer Field Day.

Brianne Du Clos led development of BeeMapper. She says it will give farmers a better understanding of predicted abundance of wild bees in the landscapes that surround their crop fields.

The university says farmers can better budget for honeybee hives if they know the numbers and types of wild bees in the areas around their fields.

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R-C-M-P say a seven-year-old girl has died of injuries she suffered when her leg was severed by a farm tractor that struck her as she played in a hay field in rural Nova Scotia.

R-C-M-P Sergeant Terry Miller said the child was alone in the field that was being mowed when the accident happened Wednesday night.

Miller said the tractor operator was aware of the presence of the child and was planning to stop the machinery when he came around.

But Miller said when the operator turned around and stopped the tractor, he couldn't see the child anywhere and thought she had returned to the house. Instead, it appears the young girl hid in the tall grass.

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More than 100 dairy cows and calves are believed to have been killed after a fire broke out in a large barn on a farm near the Canadian border in northern New York.

Fire officials in Clinton County say a passer-by spotted the fire at the farm in the town of Beekmantown, about 15 miles from the border.

Fire departments from surrounding communities and Quebec responded.

A few dozen cows were set loose in a nearby field, but many others apparently died in the blaze. The exact number hasn't been released.
 

 

 


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