New Farm BioSecurity Guidelines

The National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians want to make sure that you have a copy of the brand new set of guidelines for farm biosecurity during pit pumping and land application of manure.

Since it was first identified in the United States last May, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has created significant losses to some pork producers in many parts of the country. On some sow farms, the virus has caused mortality rates in young pigs of up to 100 percent.  Manure is a primary way the virus spreads from pig to pig and from farm to farm.

To help reduce the risk posed by PEDV-infected manure, veterinarians and university experts working with the Pork Checkoff, the National Pork Producers Council and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, have created a set of biosecurity guidelines for pork producers, commercial and other manure haulers and land application.

Check out the link to Pork Checkoff for download resources, or find the direct link to the documents below:

PED commercial manure haulers biosecurity

PED land application manure hauling biosecurity

PED producer manure hauling biosecurity

Before entering a farm, both producers and manure hauling crews should have a plan for biosecurity-related communication, have a clearly defined entrance and exit strategy to minimize cross-contamination with other farm traffic, and maintain a distinct “line of separation” between the hauling crew and their equipment and the animals and workers on the farm site.  These guidelines detail the recommended biosecurity communication and planning that will help avoid PEDV transmission from one farm to the next during pit pumping, manure hauling and land application.

Please distribute this as widely as possible to commercial and other manure haulers, pork producers, veterinarians and others who are responsible for managing or working with swine manure. This is a critical time for the pork industry to do everything it can to stop the spread of this costly disease.

For more information also feel free to contact (click name for email contact) Dr. Paul Sundberg or Dr. Liz Wagstrom or Dr. Tom Burkgren.

Thanks for your time and cooperation.

Dr. Tom Burkgren, American Association of Swine Veterinarians
Dr. Liz Wagstrom, National Pork Producers Council
Dr. Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board

September 14, 2013 11:59 am | Issues and News and Resources

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