CPC happy with money for swine animal health
The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has applauded the announcement by
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to contribute US $72 million over four
years to address swine-related disease threats.
"This is welcome news for our industry, which is currently facing significant
challenges, such as the rapid rise in the value of the Canadian dollar, causing
low hog prices and financial difficulties for our supply chain partners, and a
sharp increase in input costs, such as feed prices," stated Clare Schlegel, CPC
"For our producers, there is also
the ever-present threat of foreign animal disease outbreaks and present-day
animal health challenges, such as Porcine
Circovirus Associated Diseases (PCVAD) and Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome
(PRRS), so this announcement is timely and important
for our industry."
The announcement was
made by Secretary of State for Agriculture and Agri-Food, Christian Paradis, and Gary Schellenberger, MP for Perth-Wellington, Ontario.
It focuses on
assisting producers and the industry in four areas that include herd
inoculation, research, bio-security best management practices, and finding
long-term risk management solutions.
adds, "Today's announcement shows AAFC's commitment and willingness to work with
our sector to find solutions to address herd health issues."
this money doesn't reimburse the significant loss that Canadian producers have
suffered due to PCVAD over the past several years, it does create a significant
path forward for us to work collaboratively on herd health issues, and will help
to ensure our sector's future ability to remain competitive in the
â€¢ Canadian Pork Council
â€¢ Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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