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The Independent February 6, 2014 : Page 1

Vol. 1, Issue 23 Producers take precautions as piglet-killing virus found in Lambton Heather Wright The Independent There is concern and anxiety in Lambton County as pork producers watch a deadly piglet virus make its way into Ontario. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea, which doesn’t affect food safety and is not spread to other animals or humans, has been found in Europe for years. It kills the youngest of piglets within three days. In May 2012, the first case was found in the US. On Jan. 22, a pork producer in Middlesex became the first to find PED in his operation. Since then four other farms have had confirmed PED cases. And the virus has been detected in Lambton County at Zantingh Direct in Reeces Corners. Business Manager Brad Zantingh confirms as the Ministry of Agriculture began to trace the movements of the Middlesex producers’ animals, they tested for PED in Zantingh’s assembly yard and found the virus. Zantingh Direct is a clearinghouse for pork producers. They bring their animals to Reeces Corners and Zantingh sends them to US meat packers. So, Zantingh says, it was inevitable the virus would turn up in the operation. Since Zantingh doesn’t deal with young piglets there is no animal loss. But there is still great concern about the spread of the virus. Zantingh says they have been working on bio-security measures for months to try to make sure that when the virus arrived in Ontario, they would do as much as possible to stop its spread. SEE PED PG. 2 Free of Charge ~ Read and Enjoy! Thursday, February 6, 2014 Heather Wright Photo SIX MORE WEEKS Oil Springs Mayor Ian Veen with Oil Springs Ollie who Sunday disappointed a crowd of about 250 people by predicting six more weeks of winter. See Pg. 2 for the full story. 2014 snow budget already blown in Petrolia after constant storms “We’re all looking forward to milder weather” Heather Wright The Independent removal budget. Joe Adams, director of operations for the town, says the 2013 snow budget of nearly $77,000 was spent. “The 2014 budget is over already, too.” Adams says the town “used a lot more salt this year…because the temperatures are so cold we have to use more product.” The price of that salt has also gone up again, pushing costs higher. Aside from the extra cost for salt, there is the extra cost for manpower. Adams says six people are available to clean the roads. They’ve been working constantly, with workers being asked to be on standby on weekends in case the snow begins again. “We have usually been able to manage what has fallen over night,” he says. “We basically want to be able to get people off to work on time and then around the hospital and the schools.” However, the cumulative effect of continuous snowfall means big banks downtown and that, says Adams, leads to more overtime as workers get up early to scoop up the snow and haul it away. This year’s long, cold winter is taking a toll on Petrolia’s snow “It takes extra time because we have to start early in the morning,” says Adams, adding they’ll have to clean out the core area again, likely after this week’s snow. Adams admits, like many other people in the community, snowplough operators in town are just waiting for spring. “We’re all looking forward to milder weather.” Feature of the week... 4219 Oil Heritage Road, Petrolia www.facebook.com/MacFarlane1922 www.macfarlanechev.com -150 Multi-point Inspection -30 Day Exchange Program -30 day or 5,000 km Warranty -Clean Car Proof -Certified Pre-owned 2010 Chevrolet Impala LT $ 70,340 kms 519-882-1090 • 1-855-864-4962 11,900 Plus HST & License

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