Clover Corner

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Biosecurity workshop series planned for Iowa Pork Producers

Today I have a guest writer, Colin Johnson, with the Iowa Pork Industry Center talking about, “Biosecurity Workshop Series for Iowa Pork Producers.”

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 or 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.

—Friday, Dec. 7, 9-11:30 a.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach — Sioux County
400 N. Central Ave., No. 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, Room 3203, Emmetsburg
Contact Dave Stender,, 712-261-0225

The programs are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, IPIC and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.