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Minister Bibeau announces support to help spur innovation for Quebec pork producers

Christian Fernsby |
The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced over $922,000 through the AgriScience Program for two Québec pork organizations, which will help advance innovation within the sector.

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Swine Innovation Porc is receiving up to $356,525 to improve swine health in Canada by developing a new vaccine against Streptococcus suis to reduce the use of antimicrobials and expand strain coverage.

The Centre de développement du porc du Québec (CDPQ) is receiving up to $565,562 for a research project aimed at reducing nitrogen output while maintaining growth performance and meat quality.

"Disease related to Streptococcus suis is one of the most common infectious problems reported on Canadian swine farms. Outbreaks of S. suis can have detrimental economic impacts for producers, as it can result in decreased performance and increased pig mortality," Stewart Cressman, Chair, Swine Innovation Porc said.

"Swine Innovation Porc would therefore like to thank the Minister and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for its contribution of funding to support a project to develop a vaccine against S. suis. This project, led by Dr. Marcelo Gottschalk from University of Montreal, is an excellent example of how government, industry and the research community can work together to find solutions for industry's challenges."

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