By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
Amid the outbreak of the pig virus known as porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), organizers for this year’s World Pork Expo, June 4-6, developed a biosecurity plan to prevent the potential spread of swine diseases like PED from the event.
The biosecurity plan was created in consultation with industry experts including veterinarians who helped determine the best ways to prevent exposure to diseases. Organizers say that all swine barns and pens will be disinfected before pigs arrive, and again following the expo.
Expo organizers urge attendees to practice good biosecurity practices, including wearing clean clothing and footwear that has not been inside a pig barn. For farmers planning to attend the show, they can disinfect their shoes before heading home. Washing stations placed near the exits of the expo will be made available.
The World Pork expo is expected to attract about 20,000 attendees, and is the largest pork-specific trade show of its kind. The expo features educational seminars and showcases the latest products and technology in the swine industry.