ARE YOU READY? At the 2022 National Pork Industry Forum in Louisville, Ky., delegates were educated on various topics and programs, such as African swine fever readiness. If ASF is detected, all animal movement would be stopped in the first 72 hours.
Kentucky state veterinarian Katie Flynn, National Pork Board assistant chief veterinarian Patrick Webb, NPB board member and Iowa pork producer Al Wulfekuhle, and Jeremy Pittman, National Pork Producers Council board member and veterinarian at Smithfield Hog Production, painted a picture of what those first 72 hours and beyond would look like for hog producers and the industry.
Flynn said key components in the fight against ASF, or any foreign animal disease for that matter, is traceability, enhanced biosecurity, surveillance and eradication.