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In response to our questions concerning the Manure Applicator Protocol, the following areas were highlighted as being the most difficult:

At the time of going to a site to pump, COMMUNICATE with the producer:

  • Plan entrance and exit to the site with minimal cross-over with other farm traffic or areas used by farm personnel. Ask the routes that will be used to transport manure to field.
  • Ask where the “Line of Separation” is between the set-up, hauling equipment and farm site. This defines the area that is to be used by the manure haulers and the area that is to be used by daily farm traffic and personnel. Don’t cross over the line.

After pumping COMMUNICATE with the producer:

  • If possible, clean, disinfect and dry equipment on site away from farm traffic before traveling to the next farm site.
  • Clean the cab of trucks, tractors and contaminated equipment before going to next site.

Future Research:
We asked respondents for their comments concerning which areas for additional research would be most beneficial in better understanding the disease and how we can prevent it’s spread. 50% of respondents offered suggestions.

Topics raised included:
    Transfer of PEDv in manure/transmission (9)
    Sterilizing manure (5)
    Vaccines (3)
    Survivability of PEDv in manure (3)
    Cleaning and Sanitation (2)
    Producer transparency about presence of PEDv in their manure (2)
    Education (2)

Verbatim responses are in Exhibit 1.

For additional information:

Refer to the July 18 webinar produced by the Livestock Poultry and Environment Learning Center.
“Managing Biosecurity to Control Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)”


We thank the custom manure applicators who made this project possible through their participation.
The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative (MLMMI) receives project funding from Manitoba Pork Council. MLMMI is funded in part by the Canada and Manitoba governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
Any data, analyses of data, project results and conclusions conveyed in this report are those of the project researcher and neither the Manitoba government or the government of Canada can guarantee their accuracy.

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