Producers: Protect pigs from African swine fever
Whether you're a small-scale or large-scale producer, on-farm biosecurity is critical to preventing foreign animal diseases like African swine fever (ASF) from developing and spreading. Careful sourcing of animals, products and by-products, including feed and feed ingredients, is important.
People visiting your farm could also be carrying ASF on their contaminated clothing, equipment or in their food if they were recently in an area that was infected with ASF.
Producers should make sure that visitors or workers on their farms follow strict biosecurity measures before coming back onto their premises. Review the national biosecurity standards and assess your biosecurity practices to mitigate the risk of ASF entering your farm.
Refer to our frequently asked questions about ASF to inform yourself about this animal disease.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of animal diseases. Do your part by sharing this toolkit with your network. You'll find helpful videos, fact sheets, posters and images to help spread the word, not the animal disease.
ASF can have a devastating effect on a swine herd. On-farm biosecurity is key to prevent diseases from developing and spreading.
Highlighting a few considerations to reduce the risk of wild transmission through feed ingredients.
Dr. Jaspinder Komal, Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada, gives examples of critical actions to help in preventing animal diseases from developing and spreading.
Awareness tools from third parties
- World Organisation for Animal Health awareness tools
- Video: African swine fever – How to stay one step ahead
- Disease images of African swine fever
- What's hitching a ride in your feed? – PDF (444 kb)
- Commercial pig farmers: Don't be the carrier of a deadly pig disease – PDF (213 kb)
Resources for producers
- National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard
- National Biosecurity Guide for the Livestock and Poultry Feed Sector
- Canadian Pork Council
- Animal Nutrition Association of Canada
- Preparing the Nova Scotia Livestock Sector for Disease-Related Sector-Wide Emergencies – Producer Handbook – PDF (4,377 kb)
- Ontario Animal Health Network's Swine Producer Report – Q3 2018
- Ontario Animal Health Network and Swine Health Ontario's African Swine Fever Update – PDF (185 kb)
- Manitoba Pork's Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness
- Producer Handbook – Preparing the Manitoba Pork Sector for Disease-Related Sector-Wide Emergencies – PDF (3,823 kb)
- Alberta Pork's keeping ASF out of Canada update
- Preparing the Alberta Pork Sector for Disease-Related Sector-Wide Emergencies – Producer Handbook
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