Dr. Mike Degroot, a veterinarian with over 18 years of experience working in swine industry, will be providing communication, verification and coordinate training at farm level on biosecurity best management practices for Ontario’s producers, farm managers, farm workers and animal health service providers.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mike to our team,” says Ken Ovington, General Manager of Ontario Pork. “The implementation of biosecurity management protocols, research projects, and long term disease risk management solutions under the national CSHB program contributes to the health and wellbeing of Ontario’s swine industry.”
While the framework and standard for farm biosecurity are national in scope, it is recognized that the most effective and efficient implementation will require a regional approach. Ontario Pork is providing services and managing the provincial delivery of the Best Management Practices. This will help to offset some of the costs normally incurred by producers and veterinarians in adopting these standards in their businesses.
Ontario Pork represents the 2,000 farmers who market hogs in the province in many areas, including research, government representation, environmental issues, consumer education and food quality assurance. The pork industry in Ontario accounts for 32,000 jobs, and it is estimated that total industry output from farm gate sales is worth $4.5 billion to the Ontario economy.