University of Illinois unveils new swine biosecurity resource

"One-stop-shop" for information and resources pork producers can use to complete their on-farm biosecurity program.

July 11, 2022

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Illinois Extension

The estimated economic impact is $50 billion over 10 years if African swine fever finds its way into the United States, according to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 

And the threat is not limited to foreign animal diseases. High costs from endemic diseases, such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, also plague health and productivity on U.S. swine farms.

Developing a biosecurity plan and training farm employees on biosecurity practices are necessary steps to prevent high-consequence pathogens like these from entering and affecting swine farms. Now a "one-stop-shop" for the information and resources pork producers need for their on-farm biosecurity program can be found at a website created at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

"They say 'what you don't coach, you condone,' and biosecurity is certainly not something the swine industry can afford to condone," says Isha Agrawal, a doctoral student in the lab of Csaba Varga who led the development of the website.

The new Swine Biosecurity website features:

  • Do's and Don'ts of swine biosecurity

  • Six modules that explain swine health and biosecurity topics

  • Quizzes

  • Downloadable infographics to help train and educate farm employees

  • Downloadable signs to be posted on farms to identify biosecure areas and other safety measures

  • More swine health and biosecurity resources for farmers

Source: Illinois Extension, which is solely responsible for the information provided, and wholly owns the information. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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