Eradicating PRRS at Home at a Reasonable Cost (Health)


PRRS eradication in farrowing barns works well when basic rules are followed. For a long time, many thought it impossible to do this in farrow-to-finish type herds without depopulating the herd. With time, various attempts were made to better control the virus in this type of production and thus, lower production costs.  In this presentation, we’ll look at the aspects linked to the successful eradication of PRRS in farrow-to-wean barn and among farrow-to-finish as well as how to successfully eradicate cost effectively.


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François Cardinal, DVM, M. Sc.
Services vétérinaires ambulatoires Triple-V Inc.

Dr. François Cardinal obtained his Veterinary Medicine diploma from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Université de Montréal in 1999.

He then devoted his practice solely to porks at Consultants Avi-Porc. In 2003, he completed a Master’s in Epidemiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Université de Montréal.

The veterinary establishment that he now co-owns, Services Vétérinaires Ambulatoires Triple-V inc., includes a dozen veterinarians specializing in the medicine of large animal populations.

His main fields of interest are the reduction of production costs as well as the control and eradication of pathogens with major economic impacts. As such, Dr. Cardinal has been involved in numerous provincial, Canadian and American committees since 1999, most of which are linked to the control of epidemic diseases such as Circovirus, PRRS and PED.

Today, in addition to monitoring the health of the herds of independent and integrated producers, he is also responsible for the production operations of Nagano Porks (400 000 porks a year), responsible for the PRRS area control and eradication project in Montérégie (Clé-Montérégie), he is Vice-President of the Réseau Santé Sud-Ouest and Head of the Technical Medical Team of the Équipe québécoise de santé porcine (EQSP).

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