Biosecurity Workshop Series Planned for Iowa Pork Producers

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Biosecurity sign at swine farm

AMES, Iowa – The recent spread of African Swine Fever in China has elevated the importance of biosecurity measures in reducing the risk of a domestic or foreign animal disease entering farms. Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension swine specialists have developed a workshop program to provide information and deeper understanding of critical steps necessary in biosecurity and health management for producers, employees, veterinarians and industry partners.

The no-cost workshop “Biosecurity Best Practices for Pork Producers” uses a variety of methods to help attendees learn about, develop and prioritize biosecurity practices. Case studies, demonstration and lecture will guide participants in prioritizing the highest ranking risk events for their own operations, with a focus on employee entry, traffic patterns, bench entries and other measures.

The program is delivered by the swine specialist team of ISU Extension professionals in collaboration with Dr. Derald Holtkamp of Iowa State’s department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine.

Session topics include diseases of concern, carrying agents, risk event, intervention strategies, prioritizing farm risk, creating a biosecurity culture and Secure Pork Supply. The workshop agenda also includes round table discussions and a demonstration of how disease may pass a clean/dirty line.

Attendance is free, but preregistration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to preregister, contact the specialist listed by the location you wish to attend. See the workshop flyer.

Dates and locations in chronological order:

Thursday, Nov. 29,  2-4 p.m.
Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Horticulture Bldg., Cedar Rapids
Contact Colin Johnson,, 515-291-9287

Wednesday, Dec. 5,  1-3:30 p.m.
Delaware County Extension Office
1417 N Franklin St., Manchester
Contact Mark Storlie,, 563-425-3331

Thursday, Dec. 6,  1-3:30 p.m.
Shelby County Extension Office
906 Sixth St., Harlan
Contact Dave Stender,, 712-261-0225

Friday, Dec. 7,  9-11:30 a.m.
Sioux County Extension Office
400 N. Central Ave., #700, Orange City
Contact Dave Stender,, 712-261-0225

Friday, Dec. 7,  1-3:30 p.m.
Cherokee County Extension Office
209 Centennial Dr., Cherokee
Contact Dave Stender,, 712-261-0225

Monday, Dec. 10,  9-11:30 a.m.
Iowa Lakes Community College
3200 College Dr., Technology Bldg, Rm 3203, Emmetsburg
Contact Dave Stender,, 712-261-0225

Tuesday, Dec. 11,  1- 3:30 p.m.
Borlaug Learning Center
3327 290th St., Nashua
Contact Russ Euken,, 641-231-1711

Tuesday, Dec. 11,  1-3:30 p.m.
Washington County Extension Office
2223 250th St., Washington
Contact Tom Miller,, 319-931-3781

Tuesday, Dec. 18,  1-3:30 p.m.
Mahaska County Extension Office
212 N. I St., Oskaloosa
Contact Colin Johnson,, 515-291-9287

The programs are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, IPIC and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.



IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture (now Agriculture and Life Sciences) and Veterinary Medicine at ISU. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complementary to ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.

Colin Johnson, Iowa State University Extension swine specialist, 515-291-9287,


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