Practical biosecurity recommendations to prevent COVID-19 in farm workers and allied operations

March 19th, 2020
The Swine Disease Eradication center at the University of Minnesota recently released practical recommendations regarding biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in farm workers and other allied operations.

Download the pdf version of the document from our website.
Available in Spanish as well.

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Confused about Streptococcus zooepidemicus?

Dr. Matheus Costa wrote a couple of articles regarding this new swine pathogen for the online information platform Farmscape.

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This first one summarizes what is know about the pathogen so far. You may read the article on the website or even listen to Dr. Costa’s interview.

A second article focuses on biosecurity measures that should be implemented to prevent the spread of the pathogen. Again you may read the article or listen to the interview.

Lastly, Dr. Costa published a summary of the cases so far, shared on this blog a few months back and still available if you would like to read it again.

Frequency and origin of live imports of breeding-stock pigs to the United States

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, we are sharing a report from the MSHMP team in collaboration with the Swine Health Information Center regarding the origin of the pigs that are imported for breeding purposes.

Key Points

  • International live pig transport is a possible route for disease entry into the U.S.
  • The first step in assessing this risk is to categorize and analyze breeding stock import data
  • Small numbers of imported breeding pigs have come from a variety of countries, but the majority come from Canada
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Evaluation of Efficacy of Ultraviolet Germicidal Chambers in Swine Farms

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, Dr. Torremorell shares the results of a project funded by the Swine Disease Eradication Center on ultraviolet germicidal Chambers in swine farms. Training videos in English and Spanish as well as downloadable handouts are available at z.umn.edu/UVbox

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Can vitamins play a role in feed biosecurity?

In an effort to examine the role of ingredients, especially vitamins, in feed biosecurity, the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) and the University of Minnesota organized a vitamin manufacturing sector-wide workshop. Representatives from pork industry organizations including National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, vitamin manufacturers and blenders, and feed industry associations joined SHIC and the University of Minnesota for the workshop in late April in St. Paul, Minnesota. Participants focused on vitamins and the processes involved prior to delivery to a producer’s farm, with special focus on African swine fever transport and transmission risk.

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