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Alert - Avian influenza in dairy cattle


An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been identified in dairy cattle, triggering a unified response from veterinarians, dairy industry representatives, and state and federal authorities. While the extent of the outbreak is still being assessed, collaborative efforts are underway to investigate and manage the situation. 

HPAI, typically affecting birds and poultry, has now been confirmed in dairy cattle herds, marking a rare occurrence in U.S. ruminants. Initial reports indicate symptoms such as reduced feed intake and milk production in affected animals, with around 10% of milking cows exhibiting signs of illness. Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported, and affected cattle are showing signs of recovery within a few weeks under proper care. 

To ensure consumer safety, strict food safety measures are in place for milk and meat products. Pasteurized milk and thoroughly cooked meat remain safe for consumption, adhering to established federal and state regulations. 

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) is actively monitoring the situation and disseminating accurate information to its members and the public. Effective collaboration and ongoing vigilance are crucial in addressing and containing the spread of avian influenza in dairy cattle.

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Secure Pork Supply Plan | Prepare to Protect Your Herd | U.S. Pork Producers

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Join Jill Brokaw, a third-generation pig farmer and staff member of the National Pork Board, as she dives into the vital role of the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) Plan in preparing the U.S. pork industry for potential foreign animal disease outbreaks. This video is an essential watch for pork producers who are looking to safeguard their operations against the threats of diseases like foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever, and African swine fever.

•Why Should Pork Producers Care?

An outbreak of foreign animal diseases in the U.S. could lead to severe restrictions and potentially result in industry-wide financial losses estimated between $15 to $100 billion. The SPS Plan is a collective effort to prevent such catastrophic outcomes by enhancing biosecurity, ensuring animal traceability, and promoting effective disease monitoring.

What You'll Learn:

The Importance of Preparedness: Understand why being proactive is crucial for maintaining business continuity during an outbreak.

•Enhanced Biosecurity Measures:

Write a site-specific biosecurity plan that can serve as the first line of defense against potential outbreaks.

•Animal Disease Traceability:

Learn about the significance of tracking animal movement and how acquiring a premises identification number (PIN) and using AgView can facilitate this process. Disease Monitoring: Find out how continuous observation and reporting can keep your herd healthy and disease-free.

•Getting Started with SPS:

The video breaks down the seemingly daunting task of preparing for a foreign animal disease outbreak into manageable steps. With free resources available at, including templates and instructions, Jill guides producers on developing a customized plan to enhance their farm's defenses.

•Expert Insights:

Hear from Dr. Pam Zaabel on collaborating with your herd veterinarian to develop and implement your SPS plan effectively.


The Secure Pork Supply initiative is more than a plan; it's a commitment to the resilience of our food supply and the livelihoods within the pork industry. By embracing these proactive measures, we can collectively enhance our preparedness for foreign animal disease outbreaks.



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