CHEROKEE, Iowa — Biosecurity continues to be a key issue in swine production, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Swine Specialist Dave Stender.
Three upcoming workshops in Northwest Iowa aim to help swine producers, employees, veterinarians and industry partners learn and develop best practices for biosecurity in hog production.
“Our goal with this workshop – which is being offered three different times across the region – is to improve biosecurity practices and facilitate greater caretaker confidence and morale, thereby reducing the overall rate of disease spread,” Stender said.
The program date and information is as follows. Producers may select to attend whichever date and/or location works best for them.
· Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office (400 Central Avenue Northwest, Orange City)
· Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – ISU Extension and Outreach Cherokee County Office (209 Centennial Drive, Cherokee)
· Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Iowa Lakes Community College, Emmetsburg
Stender said that the focuses at each session will include: diseases of concern, pathogen transmission, risk events, prioritizing farm risks, cost of disease, carrying agents, intervention strategies, best practices, implementing biosecurity culture, and case studies.
“The sessions will include hands-on activities to help us all better understand biosecurity,” Stender said. “It is important to remember that no operation is immune to disease. Endemic diseases are a continual challenge, and all farms can improve and better prepare for what may come.”
For more information on the programs and/or to register for one of the sessions, contact Stender at 712-261-0225 or 712-225-6196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The programs are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Pork Industry Center.
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— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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