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.
Check out our online FAD Preparation Guide. 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
Meet Matt Romoser, the new southeast Iowa extension swine specialist. Learn why his first day on the job was like no other.
What you need to know about COVID-19.
Iowa Pork Producers Association resources
- Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker form - COVID-19.
If you are hauling pigs or feed to a state that has either partial or full shelter-in-place orders, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has created a letter you or your employees should carry in your cabs indicating that you are an Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker. This page has links to three formats of the letter - all are the same - that must be signed by the employee and the farm owner:
- List of resources to connect the swine industry with the best information on the current situation.
- COVID-19 Presentation by Heather Fowler, NPB director of producer and public health (recorded 3-17-20)
University of Minnesota Swine Disease Eradication Center resources:
- Practical biosecurity recommendations to prevent COVID-19 in farm workers and allied operations (English)
- Practical biosecurity recommendations to prevent COVID-19 in farm workers and allied operations (Spanish)
Animal Susceptibility to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Testing companion animals and livestock for COVID-19. At this time there is no evidence to suggest any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people. (Minnesota Board of Animal Health)
- Two separate preliminary studies done with pigs and other animals demonstrated that swine are RESISTANT to infection with the COVID-19 virus.
COVID-19 not transmitted by food
Jim Roth, director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health and distingished professor in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at ISU, told KCCI-TV that COVID-19 is not transmitted by food, and meat products from processing plants is safe. (0:30-2:37)
See our COVID-19 page for information on changes to programming by and with Iowa Pork Industry Center.
Dealing with stress: Serious financial and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community. Here are links to some resources to help deal with a variety of stress concerns and grief. Remember also that the Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, email@example.com and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/
- PRIMER Farm Stress
- Keys When Married to Farm Stress
- From One Dairy Girl to the Next (appropriate for all farm women)
- Men and Farm Stress
- Youth and Farm Stress
- Good Grief-Dealing with Loss
- How to Help When You Don't Know What to Say (free download)
- Stress Series (2019) by ISU Extension Dairy Team (on Ag Decision Maker website)
The International Conference on Pig Survivability is planned for October 28 and 29 in Omaha, Neb. The conference is part of the Improving Pig Survivability project, a five-year, interdisciplinary, multi-university project funded by the National Pork Board and Foundation for Food and Agriculture. It's aimed at reducing mortality in the U.S. swine industry by 1% or more per year of the project. Iowa State University is one of three universities involved in this collaborative effort.
Ractopamine information documents. Two new documents offer ractopamine-focused information for swine show organizers, exhibitors and managers; and producers, veterinarians and feed manufacturers.
- Ractopamine (PayleanTM) Use in Show Pigs: Show Management Considerations for 2020, Dr. Jodi Sterle.
- Ractopamine Free Pork and Implications for Use in Growing Pigs: Frequently Asked Questions, Drs. Locke Karriker and Chris Rademacher.
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Questions? Contact Sherry Hoyer