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African Swine Fever 101 – Take time to really stop and think

African Swine Fever 101 – Take time to really stop and think
By Elizabeth Ferry
These educational events will cover what pork producers need to know and possibly plan for if we see an outbreak in the United States and Michigan.
Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Pork Producers Association and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have teamed up to address an important topic for pork producers: African Swine Fever (ASF). Designed for farmers who need to stop and think about the significance of an African Swine Fever outbreak in the U.S., these meetings will review the steps that will be taken in Michigan if we have an ASF outbreak in the U.S. and how that will impact local production.
These educational meetings are focused on protecting the viability of Michigan’s pork industry and preparing farmers to respond. Experts will discuss how pork producers can prepare for continued production if there would be an outbreak (Secure Pork Supply Planning) and how they can receive approval for permitted movement for their farm. MDARD leadership will discuss their role in working with producers in such an event.
Topics that will be discussed during these events include:
  • How does this impact or change my farm?
  • ASF – Is the threat over?
  • How important is your veterinarian during a FAD outbreak?
  • Do you have a good plan for your farm?
  • How is Michigan poised to respond to ASF and others – Understanding MDARD’s Role and Expectations of the Farmer?
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