Current foot and mouth disease (FMD) vaccine supplies are only sufficient to protect about 14 percent of the cattle in Texas or four percent of Iowa’s swine, leaving all the rest in the country susceptible.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the move this morning as part of a larger initiative to improve border security and biosecurity at hog farms.
AFIA works to address foreign animal disease concerns, promote a safe feed supply and prompt open communication about risk with biosecurity guidance development, says director.
The purpose of this guidance document is to provide feed and ingredient manufacturers with recommendations that may be used to develop a biosecurity plan to control the potential spread of animal diseases through feed and feed ingredients.
The secure pork website is a collaboration effort between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Pork Checkoff, government officials, Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota. Here the site provides the “Secure Pork Plan” which outlines the expectations and control strategy for producers, veterinarians, and packers if a foreign animal disease enters the US.
Starting with the formation of the council and identification of member participants, the producers and their organizations will turn their focus toward providing recommendations in collaboration with state and federal animal health officials, and other industry stakeholders, to respond to emerging swine diseases.
As the world swine population continues to grow domestically and internationally, this opens doors to producers and veterinarians to visit production locations away from home. In some cases, this may involve going to a location with diseases that aren’t present in the US.
The Iowa Agriculture Department has hired emergency coordinator to oversee state preparations in case of a foreign animal disease.
The Secure Pork Supply (SPS) Plan is a business continuity plan that is available to help support business continuity in the event of a foreign animal disease.
Recent research suggests more emphasis on feed biosecurity, particularly in imported ingredients, could help reduce the risk of introducing foreign animal diseases into US livestock herds.