Secure pork supply workshop for producers set in Rushford

University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health will be hosting a secure pork supply workshop at the Rushford Community Center, 43038 State Highway 30 West, Rushford Village, on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. Local swine producers are encouraged to attend and complete their own secure pork supply plan during the workshop.

A secure pork supply plan provides a producer continuity of business in the event of a swine or foreign animal disease outbreak. If foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever, or African swine fever are found in livestock in the United States, regulatory officials will limit the movement of animals and animal products to try to control the devastating losses and spread of these very contagious diseases, according to Michael Cruse, U of M Extension educator.

Voluntary creation of a farm-specific secure pork supply plan will allow swine farms with healthy animals to continue to transport pigs to market or to another swine farm under a movement permit, said Cruse. University of Minnesota Extension’s swine team is collaborating with Dr. Dave Wright, Minnesota’s secure pork supply coordinator appointed by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, to provide swine producers the opportunity to create their farm’s secure pork supply plan. 

The goals of the SPS workshop include: Producers can complete the secure pork supply plan with the least inconvenience to their schedule; participants will know how to monitor their herd for signs of foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever, or African swine fever; producers will go home with their own secure pork supply plan in hand, and Minnesota swine producers will be ready with a functional disease response plan when a disease outbreak occurs.

Participants are asked to bring a personal or farm laptop, copies of the farm’s standard operating procedures, and the site’s national premises ID number and 911 address. Cost for the workshop is $15 per person, which includes materials and refreshments. 

Registration is encouraged but not required.  Registration is available online at z.umn.edu/SPSregistration or by calling 507-389-6714. If you have questions, contact Diane DeWitte, UM Extension swine educator, at stouf002@umn.edu or 507-384-1745.