Secure Pork Supply plan to help producers get back to business sooner in the event of an FAD

If African swine fever (ASF) or another foreign animal disease (FAD) hits the U.S., you don’t want to be sitting on the sidelines when it comes to the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) plan. Taking proactive steps now to implement the program standards can help your farm get back to business sooner.

“With the global spread of ASF, stakeholders have stepped up biosecurity everywhere from farms to U.S. ports, but we still need to be prepared for the possibility of an FAD,” said Patrick Webb, DVM, director of swine health programs for the Pork Checkoff.

“If an FAD reaches the U.S., regulatory officials will restrict movement as investigators and veterinarians work to control its spread,” Webb said. “Most farms don’t have the resources to hold pigs longer than expected, but that’s where the SPS plan comes in.”

It will be easier for participating pork premises with healthy animals in disease control areas to move them to processing or to another pork premises under a movement permit issued by regulatory officials, Webb said. It also will be easier to maintain business continuity.

5 Steps to a Secure Pork Supply

Webb encourages producers to follow these steps to get on board now with the SPS plan:

1) Get a national premises identification number (PIN). You can find instructions on the SPS website (securepork.org).

2) Maintain detailed records of animal movement, feed, supplies, equipment, personnel and visitors so you can provide accurate trace-back information for an animal health official if asked.

3) Establish biosecurity measures. Write a site-specific biosecurity plan, create a premises map and assign a biosecurity manager.

4) Train farm personnel. Go to securepork.org for videos (in English and Spanish), barn posters and manuals that illustrate biosecurity measures, disease symptoms and transmission.

5) Actively monitor pigs daily. Record what you see, know who to call and what steps to take if/when needed.

Jan Jorgensen

Jan Jorgensen

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