Free trade agreements, regionalization, international passenger travel and the constant evolution of infectious agents are among the factors affecting foreign animal disease prevention, control, management and recovery in the swine industry.
The goal of the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) plan is to support business continuity for pork premises that are affected by movement controls, but not infected with African swine fever. The SPS plan also includes protocols for foot and mouth disease (FMD) and classical swine fever.
A pilot study was conducted to determine if fluorescent powder could be used to study the transfer of contamination from livestock trailers to barns.
Researchers found that risk was highest in summer, and that five airports account for more than 90 percent of the risk.
The research seeks to track how swine viruses spread between pig farms, and to identify which farms are at the greatest risk of a new outbreak.
If foreign animal disease breaks in the United States, state veterinarians will be first in command.
The new technology allows researchers to quickly develop new vaccines, as well as tests able to distinguish between vaccinated animals and those infected.
The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing criteria that will be used to evaluate and recognize livestock compartments in other countries.
The response to a foreign animal disease usually involves the establishment of disease control areas within which there will be movement restrictions put in place in an attempt to stop disease spread between farms. Allowing movement from a disease control area of pigs with no evidence of infection can be done without spreading disease if science-based risk mitigation measures are put in place.
Dairy Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia have a range of information resources that relate to those emergency plans - including farm biosecurity plans, cattle health statements, specific disease documents, the Livestock Production Assurance program and the National Livestock Identification System.