If you are familiar with a certain series of books and movies about a world of wizardry, you are familiar with the term “he who must not be named.” It almost feels that way when we are talking about African Swine Fever (ASF). It hasn’t reared its ugly head in the Western Hemisphere, and we would like to keep it that way. In fact, just saying the name too many times could jinx us. However, the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) isn’t afraid to talk about it. In fact, talking about it is how you become prepared for it.
Jamee Eggers is the Producer Education Director for the IPPA. We talked about preparedness and action plans for an ASF outbreak during the Iowa Pork Congress. We talked about the task force working on this plan.
Eggers tells us things the task force has had to consider. There are so many functions that we don’t always think about on the day to day basis. This includes carcass disposal, permitted movements, exhibition swine, and facility response.
Part 2 will come tomorrow. We will discuss how the plan will be implemented and how they are making refinements, in 2020, to a plan they hope they never have to use.