(Feature image courtesy of the National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa.)
In an April 2023 article published in Progressive Dairy a question was asked, “what do speed tests have to do with biosecurity?” Julie Smith, veterinarian and research associate professor at the University of Vermont, considers what it means for a farm to go from “zero to 60” quickly in response to an emergency animal disease outbreak in livestock and poultry.
This is a good question for producers to ponder; although a foreign animal disease (FAD) like African swine fever has not been found in the United States, the Caribbean countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic have experienced outbreaks of this devastating swine disease. The distance between these countries and the southern tip of Florida is equivalent to traveling from New York City to Chicago: so, not that far away.
Smith’s experience over the past 20 years in raising awareness about FADs has given her valuable insights about the perception of risk, the range of attitudes about disease prevention and containment on farms, and preparing for the worst.
Click this link to read the full article (PDF) about the importance of preparedness before a farm animal disease emergency happens.
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