MANKATO, Minn. — Swine diseases, and the threat of Foreign Animal Diseases (FAD) are a danger to US pork production. If foot and mouth disease (FMD), classical swine fever (CSF), or African Swine Fever (ASF) are found in livestock in the United States, regulatory officials will limit the movement of animals and animal products to try to control the devastating losses and spread of these very contagious diseases.
The Secure Pork Supply (SPS) plan provides for producers’ continuity of business in the event of an outbreak. Voluntary creation of a farm-specific SPS plan will allow swine farms with healthy animals to continue to transport pigs to market or to another swine farm under a movement permit.
University of Minnesota Extension’s swine team is collaborating with Dr. Dave Wright, Minnesota’s SPS coordinator appointed by the MN Board of Animal Health, to provide swine producers the opportunity to create their farm’s SPS plan.
Four Secure Pork Supply plan workshops for producers are scheduled across Minnesota in January to help swine farmers complete their plan.
The goals of the SPS workshops for producers include: 1) Producers can complete the SPS plan with the least inconvenience to their schedule, 2) Participants will know how to monitor their herd for signs of FMD, CSF, and ASF, 3) Producers will go home with their own SPS plan in hand, and Minnesota swine producers will be ready with a functional disease response plan when a disease outbreak occurs.
Workshops will be held at these dates and sites:
Monday, January 14, 2019 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Pine Country Bank, 750 County Road 21, Rice, Minnesota
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
West Central Research & Outreach Ctr., AgCountry Auditorium, 46352 State Hwy 329, Morris, Minnesota
Participants are asked to bring a personal or farm laptop, copies of the farm’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and the site’s national Premises ID Number and 911 address.
Cost for the workshop is $15/person which includes materials and refreshments.
Registration is encouraged but not required. Registration is available online at https://z.umn.edu/SPSregister2019
or by calling 507.389.6714. Please indicate which workshop you plan to attend.
If you have questions, please contact Diane DeWitte, UM Extension swine educator, at email@example.com or 507.384.1745.
Click the link for a brochure: SPS FLIER January 2019 fixed final
— University of Minnesota Extension
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