"Emergency Planning Foreign Animal Disease Issues for Swine Producers”

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host six “Emergency Planning Foreign Animal Disease Issues for Swine Producers” workshops in Northwest Iowa during January and February. The workshops are free to attend, and no preregistration is needed.
Each workshop will focus on issues related to foreign animal diseases, specifically African Swine Fever (ASF), and help swine producers be proactive in case of or before an outbreak.
“Thankfully, the United States’ swine industry is not currently facing a severe disease outbreak, such as African Swine Fever,” said Dave Stender, swine program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, who will be leading the workshops with Kris Kohl, ag engineering specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “However, I encourage swine producers to be proactive in their education and biosecurity. If a foreign disease breaks here, it could be extremely detrimental to the industry and swine producers.”
Stender said that the focus of the workshops will include but are not limited to: early disease identification and its importance; the quarantine process and efforts to stomp out the disease; how best to upgrade biosecurity in swine operations; possible stop movement situations if a disease breaks; emergency mortality composting options; and more.
These free workshops will be held following the Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification training in the following locations:

  • Jan. 29, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - ISU Extension and Outreach Sac County Office, Sac City
  • Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - ISU Extension and Outreach Cherokee County Office, Cherokee
  • Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office, Orange City
  • Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - ISU Extension and Outreach Kossuth County Office, Algona
  • Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County Office/Convention Center, Le Mars
  • Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - AEA Building/ISU Extension and Outreach Buena Vista County Office, Storm Lake

Stender shared that the first workshop on Jan. 29 in Sac City will be more directly focused on the concepts involved in a secure pork supply plan, which includes:

  • Early disease detection is critical to stopping the spread.
  • Brief overview of government (USDA/IDALS/APHIS) process of disease eradication.
  • Thinking about problems/issues regarding stop movement requirement.
  • If a farm is infected – discussion and limitations regarding mass euthanasia.
  • Farm level understanding/quick setup for composting.
  • Heat management for mortalities – come to find out what this is.
  • Hands on activity to understand how disease is carried from one farm to another
  • Thinking about extra/enhanced bio-security options to lower the risk of foreign disease (works for domestic disease as well) break on your farm.

The remaining five workshops will be more focused on emergency planning to deal with a foreign animal disease.
Questions can be directed to Dave Stender at 712-225-6196 or dstender@iastate.edu or to your local ISU Extension and Outreach office.

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