There is never a substitute for good biosecurity when it comes to protecting herd health, and that applies to everyone from the largest commercial producers to young show pig enthusiasts with just one animal.

“We need only look back five or six years during the height of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to see how strict biosecurity can reduce and eliminate the spread of disease,” said Dave Pyburn, senior vice president of science and technology for the Pork Checkoff.

Since the show pig sector is made up of many youth who can quickly come and go over time, the Checkoff has made them a priority for sharing biosecurity information. The Checkoff works with many groups to do this, including the National Junior Swine Association, Team Purebred and the National FFA.

Most recently, the Checkoff and the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence focused on raising awareness, knowledge and understanding of biosecurity measures at The Exposition pig show held in Des Moines in early June. A panel discussion focused on the role of biosecurity in keeping foreign animal diseases, such as African swine fever, from U.S. farms.

“We’re committed to helping every part of the pork industry keep their herds safe and healthy,” Pyburn said. “Biosecurity can’t be a one-time thing, or something only done in times of outbreaks. It must be an everyday focus, and we want that to start with the youth in our industry.”

Mike King

Mike King

Director of Science Communications