Disease surveillance and management initiatives strengthen animal health in the province. A variety of disease surveillance and management activities are being funded in Saskatchewan under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement. Some activities are designed to improve our knowledge of the diseases currently present in our livestock populations, while others are designed to improve producers' knowledge about endemic diseases and provide tools to help them control these diseases. Other activities are designed to gain additional knowledge and improve the province's ability to perform surveillance activities. Regardless of the design of the proposed activity, the underlying intent is the same for all: improving and protecting the health of Saskatchewan's livestock populations.
Initiatives include surveillance for the following:
- Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED);
- Swine Influenza;
- Antimicrobial Resistance;
- Johne's Disease in beef and dairy cattle;
- Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD); and
- Diseases of wildlife that impact livestock, including rabies, avian influenza and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
Support is also provided to the following surveillance networks and programs:
- Provincial Rabies Response Program;
- Cow-Calf Surveillance Network;
- Canadian Western Swine Health Intelligence Network;
- Passive Surveillance using Laboratory Data; and
- Disease Investigation Unit – Western College of Veterinary Medicine.