Securing the Pork Supply

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Dave Pyburn, DVM, senior vice president of science and technology at that National Pork Board, says it’s not “if” a foreign animal disease enters the United States, it’s “when,” and the industry must be prepared. ( PORK )

With virtually seamless movement of people and animals, it’s not a matter of “if” the U.S. will have a foreign animal disease, but “when.” Because the risk is high, the National Pork Board has developed the Secure Pork Supply plan.

According to the website, the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) Continuity of Business Plan “provides opportunities to voluntarily prepare before an outbreak. This will better position pork premises with animals that have no evidence of infection to:

  • Move animals to processing or another pork production premises under a movement permit issued by Regulatory Officials, and
  • Maintain business continuity for the swine industry, including producers, haulers, and packers during an FMD, CSF, and ASF outbreak.”

Three Steps to Take 

Dave Pyburn, DVM, senior vice president of science and technology at that National Pork Board says the guidebook on how to get started is on the website, and it’s basically a three-step process:

1.  Get a national premises ID from your state vet if you don’t have one, he says. It’s important for your day-to-day business activities.

2.  Go to the website and work through the guidelines. This include looking at the biosecurity measures on your farm and how you’re keeping disease at bay.

3.  Train your personnel in what foreign animal diseases look like and how to take samples. “Train your work force to do rope sampling and how to do proper surveillance,” Pyburn says.

These practices will help officials know where the virus is and where control zones can be established, Pyburn says.

“If we can show that 80% of the producers in an area are practicing biosecurity on their farms, have trained their labor, and are doing surveillance, we have a better chance at compartmentalizing the disease and getting back into trade sooner,” Pyburn says.

Watch this video with Pyburn to learn more about the secure pork supply.