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IPIC foreign animal disease preparedness workshops planned

By Staff | Nov 26, 2019

AMES – The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University, in collaboration with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, will hold six workshops in December to address preparations for an outbreak of a foreign animal disease. The outbreak of a foreign animal disease would be a huge challenge for Iowa pork producers. Planning ahead for an outbreak may reduce some of the stress and assist operations in preparing appropriate actions.

The IPIC team will explain what the state and federal response might include in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in the U.S., and how producers can individually prepare for such an outbreak on their farm. If individual producers are more prepared, the industry as a whole is more prepared, according to IPIC extension program specialist Amanda Chipman.

“We want to help producers prioritize actions steps and set goals to accomplish on their farm today,” she said. “These workshops will build on experiences from previous workshops and insights we gained while observing the African Swine Fever functional exercises in September 2019.”

Following the workshop, attendees can expect to have better understanding of foreign animal disease preparedness and will leave with practical strategies that can be used immediately to improve the protection of their herd from endemic diseases already in the U.S. swine herd. Producers are invited regardless of whether or not they attended one of the first series workshops earlier this year.

These sessions cover what to expect during a foreign animal disease outbreak and response, mass depopulation and disposal options, how to write your personalized, enhanced biosecurity plan, how to keep the required movement records and monitor for clinical signs consistent with an FAD outbreak. Individual or small group assistance sessions with enhancing biosecurity and developing a Secure Pork Supply plan for your operation also are available and can be scheduled upon request.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations. Each will be held from 1-4 p.m. with an optional help session from 4-5 p.m. All sessions are available at no charge thanks to IPPA support.

– Dec. 2, Public Library, Dike.

– Dec. 3, Sioux County Extension Office, Orange City.

– Dec. 4, Mahaska County Extension Office, Oskaloosa.

– Dec. 9, Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, Ames.

– Dec. 10, Audubon Recreation Center, Audubon.

– Dec. 11, Cedar County Extension Office, Tipton.

Use the online form to register for the desired workshop location.

For more information about the workshops and to sign up for updates on future workshops, SPS and African Swine Fever, see the IPIC website at www.ipic.iastate.edu/secureporksupply.html. For additional questions or to schedule a workshop, or individual or group plan assistance, email ipic@iastate.edu or contact an extension swine specialist.

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