WINNIPEG – Manitoba Pork producers are on high alert after a deadly virus was found on a third farm.
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea can wipe out an entire farm of piglets in a matter of days.
Standards for cleaning border-crossing trucks have changed in the last month, and the three cases have all happened since then.
Agriculture reporter Harry Siemens says the industry is unsure if there is a correlation.
“They go across and they were washing in Sioux Falls with recycled water from other farms. Then they were designated clean and could come back into Manitoba! That was a real bummer for the hog industry.”
Siemens says the presence of the disease, which was gone for 16 months before returning in May, could be devastating for the industry.
“Especially for those individual hog producers because it shuts down their entire system for at least six months until they can clean up what’s there, and then they can start over again.”
The disease often wipes out an entire farm of piglets but the bigger pigs don’t die.