Never underestimate the value of biosecurity
It’s been said before, and it is still worth mentioning it again: a bio-secure building is worth more than the weight inside. With the growing concern to keep African Swine Fever (ASF) from entering the United States, it is even more critical now to make sure your hog facilities are protecting your livestock investment.
The World Pork Expo has been canceled, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced additional steps to keep the deadly disease out of our country. According to the USDA, they are working with other federal and state agencies, the swine industry, and producers to take the necessary actions to protect our nation’s pigs and keep this disease out. This group is also actively preparing to respond if ASF were ever detected in the U.S.
One step outlined is to work with fellow pork producers and encourage each other to make self-evaluations of your on-farm biosecurity measures.
How close are your neighbors?
- University of Missouri Extension recommends 1.5 miles between operations. Take a look at what biosecurity measures you have in place. Is your building protected against invasive species, like feral pigs? Can deer get near your buildings? And right now really on top of mind – are your buildings on high ground or are other affected animals seeking refuge on your high ground?
The recent flooding in Nebraska should remind pork producers that water is a huge culprit in carrying diseases and bacteria. Flood waters can disperse clostridial spores that can even be carried on your shoes and boots.
Work with your veterinarian to assess your biosecurity plans and make improvements as needed.
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