Biosecurity Workshop series planned for Iowa pork producers

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The recent spread of African Swine Fever in China has elevated the importance of biosecurity measures in reducing the risk of a domestic or foreign animal disease entering farms. Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension swine specialists have developed a workshop program to provide information and deeper understanding of critical steps necessary in biosecurity and health management for producers, employees, veterinarians and industry partners.

The no-cost workshop “Biosecurity Best Practices for Pork Producers” uses a variety of methods to help attendees learn about, develop and prioritize biosecurity practices. Case studies, demonstration and lecture will guide participants in prioritizing the highest ranking risk events for their own operations, with a focus on employee entry, traffic patterns, bench entries and other measures.
The program is delivered by the swine specialist team of ISU Extension professionals in collaboration with Dr. Derald Holtkamp of Iowa State’s department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine.

Session topics include diseases of concern, carrying agents, risk event, intervention strategies, prioritizing farm risk, creating a biosecurity culture and Secure Pork Supply. The workshop agenda also includes round table discussions and a demonstration of how disease may pass a clean/dirty line.

Attendance is free, but preregistration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to preregister, contact the specialist listed by the location you wish to attend. See the workshop flyer.

Dates and locations in the area are:

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1-3:30 p.m.
Washington County Extension Office
2223 250th St., Washington
Contact Tom Miller,, 319-931-3781

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1-3:30 p.m.
Mahaska County Extension Office
212 N. I St., Oskaloosa
Contact Colin Johnson,, 515-291-9287

The programs are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, IPIC and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

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