Farmscape for January 9, 2019
A former Chief Ontario Veterinarian says the growing global risk posed by African Swine Fever has stimulated discussion on the possibility of creating Animal Health Canada project.
The spread of African Fever in China has prompted the North American swine sector to take notice.
"ASF: How can Canada mitigate the risks?" was among the topics discussed yesterday as part of a Swine Innovation Porc preconference session held in conjunction with the 2019 Banff Pork Seminar.
Dr. Greg Douglas, a former Chief Ontario Veterinarian, says one of the strategies being proposed to help address the threat posed by foreign animal diseases is an industry government animal health partnership.
Clip-Dr. Greg Douglas-Former Chief Ontario Veterinarian:
I think the reason that we're talking about an "Animal Health Canada" proposal is to have industry and government as true partners in preparation, in response, in protection, risk mitigation as well as recovery and that's the beauty of Animal Health Canada.
It's a partnership between industry, farmers and their government.
It's in its primordial stages right now.
I think what we're looking at early on is the potential of using ASF as a pilot project to see how Animal Health Canada would work.
There's lots of things that could sit inside Animal Health Canada, surveillance, emergency management, biosecurity, a whole host of different programs and initiatives that would help farmers, sectors from pork to poultry to beef be more effective at protecting, at promoting the industry abroad and making sure that the resources that are available are used effectively.
Dr. Douglas says the proposal has been discussed at the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council.
He says that's the group that has been looking at the governance of animal health in Canada and it's the next extension of that council.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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