Swine Programs

Animal Disease Prevention in Swine

As part of their commitment to animal well-being, pig farmers work with their veterinarians regularly to find ways to keep their animals healthy. This includes protecting them from major disease threats such as foreign animal diseases (FADs) like African swine fever. Today’s global movements of people and pigs pose greater risks to herd health than ever before. This makes implementing on-farm disease prevention and mitigation strategies critical to maintaining overall herd health and preventing the introduction or spread of disease.   National Pork Board listing of foreign animal disease resources:  https://porkcheckoff.org/pork-production-management/animal-disease-prevention/

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians has compiled information about foreign animal diseases and biosecurity:  https://www.aasv.org/aasv%20website/Resources/Diseases/ForeignAnimalDiseases.php

Swine Health

The Secure Pork Supply Plan

The Secure Pork Supply (SPS) Continuity of Business Plan provides opportunities to voluntarily prepare before an outbreak. This will better position pork premises with animals that have no evidence of infection to:

  • Limit exposure of their animals through enhanced biosecurity,
  • Move animals to processing or another pork production premises under a movement permit issued by Regulatory Officials, and
  • Maintain business continuity for the swine industry, including producers, haulers, and packers during an FMD, CSF, and ASF outbreak.