SASKATCHEWAN – Canada has provided $150,000 (US$146,090) to implement the Canadian Swine Health Board’s National Swine Farm-level Biosecurity Program in Saskatchewan, the government announced June 21.

Sask Pork will administer the program, which will help Saskatchewan pork producers implement biosecurity sanitation improvements on their farms. The money will finance quality assurance training, biosecurity action plans, veterinary site assessments, transportation planning, water treatment monitoring equipment, pest control and other equipment.

Jay McGrath, Sask Pork chairman, applauded the support from the federal and provincial levels of government for advancing on-farm biosecurity initiatives.

"We're proud of the high quality hogs we raise in Saskatchewan," McGrath said. "The consistent high-health status of our herds has resulted in global demand for our animals and meat products. This funding assists with vital operational changes and enhanced veterinary care necessary to further safeguard the health of our livestock."