In light of the global spread of African swine fever (ASF) that could have a devastating effect on the pork industry, the National Pork Board has developed a toolkit with materials related to biosecurity and foreign animal diseases for the show pig industry.
The many layers of biosecurity can be overwhelming. While education and training are essential, protocols must be executed properly and consistently. To build a biosecurity culture on the farm, everyone on your farm must understand why certain procedures matter and the potential fallout if they aren’t followed.
Biosecurity Before, During and After A Show
Key African swine fever facts
- Pork is safe to eat. African swine fever is not in the United States. U.S. pigs are not affected by the African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in other countries, to date.
- African swine fever is a viral disease impacting only pigs, not people — so it is not a public health threat nor a food-safety concern.
- The USDA does not allow the importation of pigs or fresh pork products into the U.S. from areas or regions of the world that are reported positive for the ASF virus.
For a full list of producer resources and tools about foreign animal diseases such as ASF, visit pork.org/FAD.
Biosecurity: An Essential Piece of Today’s Herd Health Puzzle
Keeping pigs healthy and growing is priority No. 1 on pig farms, with biosecurity arguably playing the most critical part in good swine health management. Pig farmers have made tremendous progress in identifying effective biosecurity practices and in better understanding disease pathogens, but biosecurity remains an area of continuous learning.
“Swine diseases that we know about challenge biosecurity protocols every day,” says Lisa Becton, DVM, director of swine health information and research for the Pork Checkoff. “But it’s the diseases that we don’t yet know about or face that raise the stakes.”
Diseases including porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and Seneca Valley virus, and foreign animal diseases such as African swine fever (ASF), are providing valuable lessons. Not only have they tested the limits of tried-and-true biosecurity protocols, but they also have challenged the need to find new or additional ones.
Biosecurity Resources for Exhibitors
Biosecurity is critical to keep your pigs healthy… before, during and after a pig show. Following these easy steps can keep your animals healthy and protect pigs across the county from getting sick.
A healthy swine herd starts with raising healthy pigs at home. And raising healthy pigs stares with biosecurity. This booklet is intended for youth exhibitors of all ages and levels of experience. In it, you will find recommended biosecurity guidelines to follow on the farm and when taking pigs to fairs and exhibitions.
With all the animals being commingled at an exhibition, show or sale, spreading disease is a risk. The recommendations lists 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.
As an organizer, what does this mean for my show and do I need to make changes?
These guides will help answer those questions.
Foreign Animal Disease Resources
In this booklet, PEDV Resources, you will find some practical steps created by working groups of industry experts designed to help you reduce the risk posed by PEDV to your pigs. Whether it is enhancing your biosecurity protocols or rethinking the relationship with your veterinarian, there are plenty of good tips and reminder in this booklet.
These guidelines apply to U.S. organizers hosting international visitors that will tour farms, packing and processing plants, live and/or wet markets, research facilities, laboratories or any other location where there is a likelihood that cross-contamination could occur directly or indirectly between the traveler and animals, fresh animal products or animal excretions.
This kit has one of each of Checkoff’s foreign animal disease educational resources. Include sturdy, barn friendly wall charts. Also included are two factsheets on what to do in case of a foreign animal disease is confirmed in the United States and FAD preparation checklist.