What is a secure supply plan and why should you participate?

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Animal Bytes

July 2018

Prepare your business before a disease outbreak

Pigs inside a barn looking at the camera.

The Secure Pork Supply (SPS) plan is a voluntary initiative to provide commercial pork producers with a workable continuity of business plan in the event of a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) outbreak. In the event of a FAD outbreak, movement of swine will be restricted. In order to maintain continuity of business it will be critical for producers to be able to move pigs to the next stage of production or to market. Preparing for such an event by participating in the Secure Pork Supply plan offers producers the best opportunity to move their pigs.

The following “Seven Steps to Participate” offer producers a simplified step-by-step protocol to guide them through the participation process referencing the SPS website at www.securepork.org.

Dr. Dave Wright is the Minnesota coordinator for the Secure Pork Supply Plan. Feel free to contact him at wright2me.dave@gmail.com or 763-242-7535 if you need assistance in the participation process or if you have questions about the three basic concepts of the Secure Pork Supply Plan: Traceability and Movement Management, Enhanced Biosecurity, and Foreign Animal Disease Training and Response.

Seven Steps to Participate:

Step #1: Familiarize yourself with www.securepork.org

Step #2: Validate your premises; obtain a PIN; print a map

Step #3: Locate and compile records: Logbooks, CVIs and SOPs

Step #4: Enhanced Biosecurity Part 1—Introducing the Biosecurity Plan Template

Step #5: Enhanced Biosecurity Part 2—Create and Label a Premises Map

Step #6: Enhanced Biosecurity Part 3—Biosecurity Protocols

Step #7: Foreign Animal Disease Training and Response

Additional stories...

New training module from the USDA

The USDA has launched a new training module, "The Role of Veterinarians in Honey Bee Health." It's part of ongoing training efforts from the National Veterinary Accreditation Program.

Did you know honey bees (Apis mellifera) are considered food producing animals? These little pollinators play a big part in the U.S. agricultural industry. Not only do they produce delicious honey for people to enjoy, they also do a lot of work for farmers. From almond groves to apple orchards, honey bees pollinate plants to yield a steady food supply for our country and export markets.

According to the USDA, this module is intended to provide accredited veterinarians with basic knowledge of honey bee biology and beekeeping, as well as information about relevant honey bee diseases and conditions, to foster communication with beekeepers and ensure stewardship of antimicrobial use in honey bees. Judicious use of antimicrobials is critical to slow the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Veterinarians who complete the module will be able to:

  • Describe the U.S. honey bee industry and the importance of honey bee pollination to the U.S. food supply.
  • Understand current pollinator threats and mitigation strategies.
  • Communicate effectively with beekeepers regarding honey bee biology and beekeeping basics.
  • Recognize, diagnose, and authorize appropriate treatments for relevant honey bee diseases.
  • Oversee the judicious use of antimicrobials in honey bees through the issuance of prescriptions and VFDs. 

Don't forget biosecurity on your travel checklist

Whether you're about to take that summer family vacation, or head abroad with a trade mission to promote Minnesota's bountiful agricultural commodities, please remember biosecurity. Even if you don't plan to visit a farm, production plant or market, you should take some simple steps to protect your livestock back home.

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians, National Pork Board and the Center for Food Security and Public Health College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University prepared a handy handout covering those basic biosecurity tips to keep in mind while traveling. Click this link to read the flyer.

Poultry disease continues in California

New virulent Newcastle disease cases are being reported out of California this week. The USDA is responding to the disease and working with state and local officials to control the outbreak. Click here for the latest updates from the USDA.

Minnesota's livestock owners should keep anthrax in mind mid to late summer

Did you hear about the latest news release from the Board of Animal Health? Here's a sneak peak of what one of our veterinarians had to say about keeping your ruminants safe from anthrax.

“Producers who want to take proactive measures to protect their livestock should contact their herd veterinarian to talk about annual anthrax vaccinations,” said Dr. Stacey Schwabenlander, who oversees the Board’s cattle programs. “Something to also keep in mind is that this disease is an environmental threat and is not spread via animal to animal contact.”

Click here to read the full release.

Spanish materials available for poultry industry

The University of Minnesota Extension released new spanish additions to its National Poultry Improvement Plan biosecurity principles materials. Click this link and scroll to the bottom of the page for los principos.