Farmers fear notorious pig virus may spread

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Dale Carruthers, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:30 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. — Terry Beck is worried the end could be in sight for his Nova Scotia hog farm, because piglets are dying on a Middlesex County farm 2,000 km away in Ontario.

“If the disease ever got to the Maritimes, especially Nova Scotia, the industry is dead. We just can’t survive that kind of financial losses,” Beck, who heads Pork Nova Scotia, said Friday.

The stakes are high for Beck and farmers across Canada as veterinarians scramble to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus on the undisclosed Middlesex farm in the heart of Ontario’s hog belt.

Pork production accounts for nearly $1 billion a year in farm gate sales in Ontario and 10% of its agricultural production.


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