Canadian officials have announced the launch of the Circovirus Inoculation Program to help address disease-associated mortality issues affecting hog herds in Canada. “We are committed to helping Canadian hog producers combat disease and increase profitability in the hog sector,” says Christian Paradis, Canada’s Secretary of State for Agriculture. “That is why we are providing immediate financial assistance of $25 million to producers to test and vaccinate hogs in Canada and will continue to work with the industry to develop solutions to ensure the long-term viability of the sector.”

The Circovirus Inoculation Program will allow farmers to be reimbursed up to 50 percent for diagnostic testing and vaccination of hogs exposed to Porcine Circovirus Associated Diseases, also known as PCVAD2. “The economic impacts on the Canadian swine industry have been severe,” said Canadian Pork Council President Clare Schlegel. “We are pleased that funding is now available to offset some of the diagnostic and vaccine costs associated with PCVAD2 and encourage hog producers to apply.”

Consistent with the recommendations of an industry-government task team, the four-year initiative for the Control of Disease in the Hog Industry (CDHI) will focus on assisting producers and the industry in four areas: hog vaccination; research; bio-security and best management practices; and developing long-term risk management solutions. The Government of Canada is working closely with the hog industry through the Canadian Pork Council and the veterinary community to develop program details for the remaining three areas of the initiative.
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