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Foreign Animal Disease Preparation

What is the risk of an FAD, like African Swine Fever, to the U.S. swine industry? How would the U.S. respond to an FAD outbreak? What can you do on your farm today to prepare? We are offering workshops, presentations at farm/company meetings, and individual or small group assistance to help with FAD preparedness, enhancing biosecurity, and Secure Pork Supply plans. Learn more about available workshops and assistance.

FAD Preparation Guide

Check out our FAD Preparation Guide here. We've put together a compilation of information, steps to take on your farm, and resources to help you get started in preparing and protecting your farm from FADs. Learn what might happen if an FAD is diagnosed in the U.S., how you can prepare with tracability, disease monitoring, biosecurity, and contingency planning, and find a collection of helpful resources related to African Swine Fever and FADs.

In the News

For more than 25 years, the swine farrowing display at the Iowa State Fair has provided the opportunity for members of the public to learn more about pork production from Iowa State veterinary students, staff and faculty; Southeast Pork FFA members; and the animals themselves. Learn the story behind this longstanding fair display.

Two new documents offer ractopamine-focused information for swine show organizers, exhibitors and managers; and producers, veterinarians and feed manufacturers respectively. "Ractopamine (PayleanTM) Use in Show Pigs: Show Management Considerations for 2020" from Jodi Sterle, ISU animal science department, incorporates available information into the decision-making process for those working with exhibitions, fairs and shows.
"Ractopamine Free Pork and Implications for Use in Growing Pigs: Frequently Asked Questions" was developed by Locke Karriker and Chris Rademacher from ISU VDPAM. It includes current data, producer experiense and anecdontal information in an easy to follow question and answer format, and will be updated as necessary. Learn more about both.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has teamed up with Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Pork Producers Association and several industry partners to offer a series of workshops on swine building maintenance. Speakers will present timely and current information on a variety of factors, including concrete pit maintenance and construction, truss management, and roof and moisture management. Attendees also will learn about unique ways to allow clean air into the attic space and minimize pit-ventilated gases from entering the attic during periods of minimum ventilation during winter months, and methods of maintaining concrete slats including their repair, to help enhance their usable life. Registration is $35 per person which includes lunch, refreshments and all workshop materials. Details including program agenda, locations, how to register, and deadlines are available in the workshop brochure. The workshop sessions are scheduled as follows: Carroll – March 9; Webster City – March 16; Le Mars – March 17; Nashua – March 23; and Washington – March 24.

The annual series of Iowa Pork Regional Conferences has been a long-standing partnership of Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Their shared goal of bringing research and education to the field continues with this year's program, topics and speakers. There are five sessions, one each day Feb. 17-21, at different locations, all starting at 1 p.m.

SowBridge, the distance educational series for those who work with sows, boars and piglets, and with genetic and reproductive issues, began its 2020 program year in February, and registration is now underway. This low-tech opportunity pairs electronically provided materials with live presentations via teleconference.

PorkBridge Educational Series for 2020 is now underway. Since 2005, PorkBridge has provided relevant and timely information to grow-finish swine producers and other industry professionals across the U.S. and around the world through a unique low-tech delivery method. The 2020 program year series begins on Feb. 6 and continues on an every-other-month for six total sessions, according to Iowa State University contact Ken Stalder.

Manure Applicator Certification sessions for 2020 are set. The Commercial Manure Applicators program is Jan. 8, beginning at 9 a.m. This year the session includes an update on deep pit foaming in swine manure, value of manure sampling and testing, and what to look for when evaluating manure storage structures. Find a county extension office hosting location. Confinement site operators can find a workshop location and date that works for them. Check out the Iowa Manure Management Action Group website for details, publications and other materials, and a link to sign up for the newsletter: The Manure Scoop, by Dr. Dan Andersen.

The Pig Survivability Project plans international conference in 2020. This five-year project, led by faculty and staff from Iowa State University, Kansas State University and Purdue University, is planning an “International Conference on Pig Survivability” Oct. 28-29, 2020 in Omaha, Neb. Learn more about the project including personnel, activities and resources.