Packing Plants and Assembly Points

Biosecure Unloading Procedures for Transporters Delivering Pigs
Transporters need to follow strict biosecurity protocols when picking up or delivering pigs, especially at high-traffic sites such as abattoirs and assembly yards. Drivers are not to enter the barn or office except in exceptional circumstances, and they must wear disposable boot covers at all times when outside of their truck cab.

Biosecure Trailer Entry – Rubbermaid® Protocol (best practice)

Biosecure Trailer Entry – Three Bootie Protocol

Establish a Line of Separation (LOS) – National Pork Board (US)
The Line of Separation (LOS) is the line between an area considered to be “clean” (e.g. livestock trailer) and an area considered to be “dirty” (e.g. abattoir dock). Make sure no one and nothing passes from the dirty side to the clean side without the proper sanitary precautions.

Create a Clean Crossing – National Pork Board (US)
If you must cross the LOS, wear designated clothing and footwear for that specific task, or wear disposable protective gear, such as booties, gloves and coveralls. Have a disposal plan to remove and contain used/contaminated equipment.

Transportation Protocols for PEDv Control at Packing Plants – National Pork Board
Transport trailers and equipment need to be clean before transporting pigs. Loadout areas should also be disinfected between loads. PEDv can be carried into a barn on pigs’ or people’s feet. A LOS exists between the trailer and the barn. Pigs should only flow in one direction from the “clean” side to “dirty” side. Barn workers and transporters should never cross the LOS into the other person’s side.

Danish Entry System – South West Ontario Veterinary Services
Danish entry systems are used to separate dirty areas from clean areas. Dirty clothes and footwear must remain in the dirty area. Clean clothes and footwear are always worn in the clean area. Entry and exit procedures, which may include showering, help keep the clean area clean.

Processor PED Cleaning and Disinfection – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Food

Federal Processors PEDv Responses – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Food
Packing plants and other assembly points should develop SOPs specific to their operation. These should include protocols for moving from “dirty” to “clean” areas and vice versa, for cleaning and disinfecting the facilities, and for transporters delivering to the facilities.

Effective Disinfectants, pH and Temperatures against PEDv
PEDv is stable between pH 5.0-9.0 and up to 60°C. Certain disinfectants – such as Virkon S and Synergize – have been proven effective against the virus if adequate contact/contact time is allowed. PEDv is most susceptible to hot, dry conditions; allowing surfaces to fully dry will help kill the virus.

Cold Weather Disinfection Protocols: Virkon S

Cold Weather Disinfection Protocols: Synergize
At temperatures below freezing, propylene glycol (PG) must be added to disinfectants to delay them from freezing and allow adequate contact time to kill PEDv. As much as 40% PG (by volume) must be used in the disinfectant solution to allow adequate contact time below -20°C.

Biosecure Deadstock Removal – National Pork Board (US)
Locate deadstock bins away from the barns, preferably near a public access road. Make sure farm and delivery vehicles/workers do not need to cross the same path as deadstock haulers. Always wear designated clothing and footwear when disposing of deadstock.

Managing a PED Affected Farm – Manitoba Pork
If you suspect your facility has become contaminated with PEDv or SDCv, immediately contact a swine veterinarian or MAFRD. Communication is critical in preventing the spread of virus to other pig sites.

Chop Talk – Issue #4-2017Mar 1st, 2017

In this issue of Chop Talk: Manitoba Pork’s Annual General Meeting & Banquet – April 5, 2017; HR Recruitment Seminars: register now! Best practices for injecting pigs; CSHIN 2016 Q4 producer report available online; Going viral: Smart Pig Handling; Canada …

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Swine Cost of Production Model for Manitoba

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Manitoba Pork has worked with MNP, an accounting and consulting company, to develop different model farms to generate cash flow projections and trial balance sheets to provide some insight into the economics of the industry. Click here to access information on: …

2017 Annual General Meeting & Banquet

Monday, February 27, 2017

Plan to attend the Manitoba Pork Annual General Meeting & Banquet on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at The Fairmont Winnipeg. Click here to see the agenda. Register for the day’s proceedings and/or the evening banquet by March 30 as follows: – …

Manitoba pork producers welcome updated building code

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Media Release, Winnipeg: On behalf of Manitoba pork producers, Manitoba Pork Chair George Matheson welcomes the Government of Manitoba’s recent commitment to repealing the Manitoba Farm Building Code, and amending the Manitoba Building Code by adding specific provisions for farm …

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