Alberta, Canada hog producer Arnold Van Ginkel, whose animals were quarantined after it was discovered they were infected by the 2009 Influenza A H1N1virus has culled his herd. The quarantine implemented by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency meant that no animals from the farm could be marketed until the virus is no longer present in the herd and all animals are healthy.
The inability to market animals meant that Van Ginkel was faced with having to conduct a second partial cull for animal welfare reasons due to overcrowding. He then made the decision to proceed with a full cull of his herd and move forward.
While officials such as the World Health Organization have confirmed that the meat from animals who have recovered from the 2009 Influenza A H1N1 is safe to eat, Van Ginkel was having trouble finding a market for the animals.
"I am disappointed that I have to cull these animals but the presence of the Type A H1N1 virus in my herd left me with few options," said Van Ginkel. "With the quarantine still in place, I was facing another partial cull due to overcrowding and no prospects for marketing my animals once they were given a clean bill of health. The only real option left was to have a complete cull and end the uncertainty for my farm and for the entire pork industry."
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Source: American Association of Swine Veterinarians