The federal government is putting up $76 million over the next four years to help combat disease in the country's hog sector.
The money will be used to deal with porcine circovirus associated diseases which have been on the rise in Canada.

Recent research shows mortality rates seem to be increasing within infected herds.
From 2000 to 2006, deaths and condemnations within the Canadian hog herd increased by 4% representing approximately 1.75 million hogs.
Consistent with the recommendations of an industry-government task team, the program will focus on assisting producers and the industry in four areas.
They are herd inoculation, research, bio-security best management practices and finding long-term risk management solutions.