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Swine Show Biosecurity Recommendations

In light of the devastating effects of PEDV there is increased awareness about the need for strict biosecurity, especially when pigs come together at events such as shows and weigh-ins. With the animals being commingled at an exhibition, sale or during a spring weigh-in, spreading disease is a risk but can be minimized through proper biosecurity procedures. The Pork Checkoff has created several resources for swine show organizers, as well as swine exhibitors, to help them minimize their risk of contracting or spreading PEDV.
 
Swine Health Recommendations: Biosecurity for Organizers of Weigh-in or Tagging Events
The recommednations listed in the Swine Health Recommendations: Biosecurity for Organizers of Weigh-in or Tagging Events may be applied to all swine commingling events at centralized locations and to other pigs that are physically on the premises. Organizers and advisors scheduling commingled pig events should assess each situation and the associated risks to pig health. The recommendations listed may be applied to all swine commingling events at centralized locations and to other pigs that are physically on the premises. Before your event, have a plan in place to manage pigs form many different loactions and to handle sick pigs properly. This planning will help reduce the chance of disease spread. Animals that are commingled at an exhibitioin, sale or another event pose a risk for spreading disease. 
 
Swine Health Recommendations: Exhibitors of All Pigs Going to Exhibits or Sales
The recommendations listed in Swine Health Recommendations: Exhibitors of All Pigs Going to Exhibits or Sales apply to all swine at an exhibit or sale that are physically on the premise. Having a plan in place to identify and handle sick animals properly will help reduce the chance of disease spread. This resource focuses on tasks such as identifying sick pigs, taking a pig's temperature, health certificate requirements and best practices for returning home.
 
Swine Health Recommendations: Organizers of Exhibitions or Sales
For organizers of exhibitions and sales having a plan in place to identify and handle sick animals properly will help reduce the chance of disease spread. A detailed outline of biosecurity measures will help prevent spread of PEDV and other swine illness. Use Swine Health Recommendations: Organizers of Exhibitions and Sales as a resource to assist you in planning your exhibition or sale.
 
In addition, National Pork Board hosted two FAQ webinars geared toward those who are involved in the show pig industry.  Click to view a recording of the PEDV:Swine Show Biosecurity.
 
 
 
For more information about biosecurity and PEDV, please visit pork.org/PEDV.
          
 
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