Biosecurity workshop series planned for Iowa Pork Producers

AMES — 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 and Outreach 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 and Outreach 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 Building, Cedar Rapids

Contact Colin Johnson,, 515-291-9287

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1-3:30 p.m.

ISU Extension and Outreach — Delaware County

1417 N Franklin St., Manchester

Contact Mark Storlie,, 563-425-3331

Thursday, Dec. 6, 1-3:30 p.m.

ISU Extension and Outreach — Shelby County

906 Sixth St., Harlan

Contact Dave Stender,, 712-261-0225

Friday, Dec. 7, 9-11:30 a.m.

ISU Extension and Outreach — Sioux County

400 N. Central Ave., #700, Orange City

Contact Dave Stender,, 712-261-0225

Friday, Dec. 7, 1-3:30 p.m.

ISU Extension and Outreach — Cherokee County

209 Centennial Drive, Cherokee

Contact Dave Stender,, 712-261-0225

Monday, Dec. 10, 9-11:30 a.m.

Iowa Lakes Community College

3200 College Drive, Technology Building, 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.

ISU Extension and Outreach — Washington County

2223 250th St., Washington

Contact Tom Miller,, 319-931-3781

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1-3:30 p.m.

ISU Extension and Outreach — Mahaska County

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.