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ANIMAL HEALTH
Animal Health

Purpose

To proactively seek the latest information available on health issues and work to help industry implement programs and solutions that focus on developing/maintaining high flock health status.

There are three main focus areas for our efforts:

  • Promotion of disease prevention programs
  • Encouragement to develop veterinary-client relationships
  • Education for the industry on optimum health management practices and disease control options

Some specific examples of significant advances in flock health: 

Bluetongue

  • No occurrences since 1987
  • As of 2002 – no viral activity found
  • Monitoring continues in the Okanogan Valley, BC
Scrapie

Since 2008, the number of scrapie infected premises identified annually has varied with as few as 2 new infected premises identified in 2009 and as many as 9 identified in 2010. In total, 35 premises have had confirmed cases of scrapie since 2008. Over the past 5 years, a total of 4,075 head have been depopulated as a result of scrapie investigations and another 6,425 sent to slaughter due to scrapie.

The chart below presents further detail on the bases for 2013

Date Confirmed Location Animal Type Infected
December 19     Ontario Goat
April 11 Quebec Sheep
April 11 Quebec Sheep
February 25 Quebec Sheep
   

Approach

The CSF encourages a holistic approach to flock health that covers all areas of farm management including nutrition, housing and environment. Disease prevention is the primary focus of all programs, but attention is also directed toward:

  • The importance of early disease detection
  • How the national animal identification/tracking system is a key tool to reduce the spread of disease
  • The importance having a biosecurity program in place for each farm to minimize the risk of disease being brought onto the farm
  • Producers adopting the recommendations and programs from the CSF often find their operations become more efficient and profitable.

Additional Resources

Western Canadian Flock Health Program
Ontario Sheep Health Program
Scrapie Canada
Canadian Animal Health Coalition


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