Foreign diseases are a concern of all livestock producers. Preparedness seems to be the order of the day. That means preparedness in vaccine supply, bio-security measures and disease outbreak training.
A working group has been established to find ways to increase preparedness in combatting a livestock disease outbreak. The groups involved include the North American Meat Institute, the U.S. Meat Export Federation, the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board. Cindy Cunningham of the National Pork Board says coordination of resources and response efforts are key to fighting a disease outbreak.
Cunningham says exports are very important to pork producers. About 25% of pork produced in the United States is exported to foreign countries. A disease outbreak would cause severe restrictions in those export markets.
The pork industry is pleased to be cooperating with the cattle and sheep industries. Having all members of the livestock industry working together allows for a more streamlined response to any disease outbreaks.
Livestock farmers need to be alert, aware and prepared for any potential disease threat to the livestock industry.