We heard it during the World Pork Expo in June, “the next animal disease outbreak is a matter of when, not if.” African Swine Fever is a hot topic right now. There are also concerns about Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). An FMD bank is a goal of many livestock organizations and a subject of debate in the 2018 Farm Bill negotiations. The biggest concern we have to any disease is our ability to act.
Deputy Administrator of USDA Veterinary Services and Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jack Shere talks about the scope an Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program.
Shere discusses the importance of such a program.
Dr. Shere says this is not a typical value-added program.