The Pork Checkoff is reminding pork producers what they can do to protect pig herds and maintain continuity of business for the pork industry.
1. Monitor Your Pigs for Signs of ASF
Signs and symptoms include:
- High fever
- Decreased appetite and weakness
- Red, blotchy skin or skin lesions
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Coughing and difficulty breathing
FAD Barn Posters and fact sheets are available in English or Spanish at no cost to producers on the Pork Store.
2. Report Signs of an FAD on Your Farm
Immediately report animals with any sign of an FAD, including ASF, to your herd veterinarian or to your state or federal animal health officials. Timeliness is essential for early detection and preventing the spread of ASF.
3. Participate in Your State’s Secure Pork Supply Program
Secure Pork Supply (SPS) provides a workable business continuity plan for sites under movement restriction, but not infected with an FAD, such as ASF.
4. Enhance On-farm Biosecurity Practices
Producers should step up their biosecurity measures by working with their veterinarian. This is especially important since the ASF virus can easily travel on shoes and clothing.
5. Create an AgView Account
AgView is the pork industry’s free, opt-in technology from the National Pork Board, which promotes business continuity by making disease traceback and pig movement data available to the USDA and state animal health officials on day one of an FAD outbreak.
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