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Swine Health Board Funding Included in 6 June Budget

by 5m Editor
13 June 2011, at 9:12am

CANADA - The Canadian Swine Health Board (CSHB) is pleased that funding to continue its programming was included in the Federal Budget released last week (6 June). Funding had been announced in the 22 March Budget which did not pass because of the election call.

"This announcement demonstrates that government recognizes the importance in enhancing the health of the Canadian swine herd," said Florian Possberg, a Saskatchewan producer and Chair of the CSHB. "Our herd health programming has been developed to enhance the competitiveness of our producers and to provide market advantages for the Canadian industry. We can now continue to implement this programming that was delayed because of the dissolution of Parliament on 26 March."

The budget included $24 million to extend CSHB programming for a further two years. Canada’s hog industry is aware of the ever-present threat of foreign animal disease outbreak, and this funding extension permits the continuation of projects that will allow the industry to continue to improve its capacity to react swiftly to emerging animal health challenges.

The CSHB was formed to proactively address swine health challenges through leadership, coordination and support in the management of the health of the Canadian swine herd. Its members include the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians, Canadian Association of Veterinary Colleges, Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement, Canadian Meat Council and the Canadian Pork Council.