Several pig colored pigs feeding on grain in a barn.

Taking Biosecurity from Zero to 60 Overnight

Dr. Julie SmithLivestock diseases, Planning

(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 …

Wisconsin farm barn

Emergency Preparedness is Risky Business

Dr. Julie SmithAnimal Health, Livestock diseases, Planning

When I talked about emergency preparedness with folks involved in agriculture in 2011, I was referencing the Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion, the toxic sludge flood in Hungary, and the Fukushima nuclear plant accident in Japan as example of disasters that were unanticipated. In 2019, I would have referenced the crashes of the Boeing 737-Max, the collapse of the Brumadinho …