Iowa biosecurity workshop to focus on risk, caretaker entry

With employee entry generally ranked as the highest risk event, much of the workshop will be focused on that.


Source: Iowa Pork Industry Center

via National Hog Farmer - Feb 06, 2019


As the global spread of African swine fever continues, it is timely to review on-farm biosecurity. That’s why the Iowa Pork Industry Center is partnering with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine specialists to offer workshops based on understanding biosecurity and developing plans to implement appropriate strategies. Swine specialist Colin Johnson says one such workshop will be held Feb. 19 at the Marshall County Extension office, beginning at 1 p.m.


“One expected outcome of attending this workshop is for producers to discover new ways to think about biosecurity and not be stymied by it,” Johnson says.  “We’ll show some hypothetical examples of a farm breaking annually with PRRS, then implementing changes to employee entry which reduce the risk to less than to one break in over 20 years.”


The program uses lecture and activities to demonstrate and identify possible risk events and carrying agents that can compromise a farm’s biosecurity protocols. The workshop enables pork producers to learn from case studies and prioritize the highest ranking risk events for their own operation.


Primary topics for this session include diseases of concern, pathogen transmission, risk events, prioritizing farm risks, cost of disease, carrying agents, intervention strategies, best practices and implementing biosecurity culture...