Canadian Pork Producer Culls Herd Because of H1N1

Canadian Pork Producer Culls Herd Because of H1N1

Producer starting over with fresh hog herd.

Canadian pork producer Arnold Van Ginkel has decided to cull his entire herd since discovering his hogs were infected with H1N1. Van Ginkel's hogs were quarantined and as a result he had no market for his hogs even though officials have confirmed the meat from animals affected by H1N1 is safe to eat.


The quarantine made by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency meant no animals from the farm could be marketed until proven free of the virus. Van Ginkel says he's disappointed to cull his herd, but the presence of H1N1 left him with few options. Due to overcrowding and no prospects for marketing his animals once they were healthy, Van Ginkel says he was facing another partial cull with the quarantine still in place. He says his decision was made to end the uncertainty for his farm and the entire pork industry.


Executive Director of Alberta Pork Paul Hodgman says though it's not common it's not unusual for swine producers to cull their entire herd in order to eradicate diseases and start fresh with a new swine herd. Hodgman says Alberta's pork producers support Van Ginkel's decision to cull his herd because it's his farm and his business decision.

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