Nova Scotia farmers avoiding deadly pig disease so far
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea originated in China and found in Prince Edward Island last year
A deadly pig virus farmers feared would reach Nova Scotia never made it to the province, at least not yet.
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea originated in China and was confirmed in Manitoba, Ontario and Prince Edward Island over the winter.
The virus has no impact on humans, but it is almost always fatal for piglets.
Kings County hog breeder Terry Beck says he took strict precautions to protect his livestock.
Instead of having trucks go to his farm to pick up hogs to take to slaughter, Beck drove his hogs a few kilometres down the road to meet the truck.
The fight isn't over
"They keep telling me it’s not a matter of if we get it, but when we get it," said Beck, chairman of Pork Nova Scotia.
"But there’s been no other reported cases, other than that one on P.E.I., in the Maritimes either. So, so far we’re trying, but hopefully we can keep it out."
He says local farmers are continuing to take precautions to keep the virus away and it tends to be more problematic in the winter months than the summer.
According to Beck, hog prices are reflecting the damage the virus has done in the United States.
"A couple reasons why we’re seeing some decent hog prices," he says. "But definitely this is one of them. The Americans, the last number I heard, lost between eight and 10 million pigs because of this disease."