Dave Stender

Dave Stender

ORANGE CITY—The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University, in collaboration with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, will host a workshop to address preparations for a foreign animal disease outbreak 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Sioux County office of ISU Extension and Outreach in Orange City.

The Iowa Pork Industry Center team will explain what the state and federal response might include in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in the United States, and how producers can individually prepare for such an outbreak on their farm.

“The outbreak of a foreign animal disease would be a huge challenge for Iowa pork producers,” said Dave Stender, Extension swine program specialist. “Planning ahead for an outbreak may reduce some of the stress and assist operations in preparing appropriate actions, and if individual producers are more prepared, the industry as a whole is more prepared.”

He said that the goal of the workshop is to help producers prioritize action steps and set goals to accomplish on their farm.

“These workshops will build on experiences from previous workshops and insights we gained while observing the African swine fever functional exercises in September,” Stender said. “These sessions cover what to expect during a foreign animal disease outbreak and response, mass depopulation and disposal options, how to write your personalized, enhanced biosecurity plan, how to keep the required movement records and monitor for clinical signs consistent with an FAD outbreak.”

Following the workshop, attendees can expect to have better understanding of foreign animal disease preparedness and will leave with practical strategies that can be used immediately to improve the protection of their herd from endemic diseases already in the U.S. swine herd.

An individual/small group assistance session for enhancing biosecurity and developing a Secure Pork Supply plan for operations also will be held immediately following the session 4-5 p.m. Dec. 3 or producers can contact Stender at 712-225-6196 to schedule it at another time.

Register for the session at the Iowa Pork Industry Center’s website at www.ipic.iastate.edu or by contacting Stender at 712-225-6196 or dstender@iastate.edu.

The workshop is available at no charge thanks to sponsorship from the Iowa Pork Producers Association.