The governments of Canada and Ontario recently announced their decision to provide $2 million to the Canadian pork industry, to help producers step up their biosecurity measures in place to help manage the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV).

The communications and consumer marketing manager for Ontario Pork, Mary Jane Quinn told National Hog Farmer that under the country’s federal program known as “Growing Forward 2,” the two governments worked together to establish a porcine epidemic diarrhea program within “Growing Forward 2.”

Through this program producers, abattoirs, truckers, assembly facilities and rendering service providers may submit an application between February 3, and March 13, 2014 to be awarded funding to invest in additional biosecurity measures for their operation.   

“Specific projects for funding are mortality management, traffic management and facility flow management,” Quinn said.

The communications and marketing manager noted another use for the funding includes cleaning and disinfecting wash bays and semi-trucks that transport hogs to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination.