Foreign Animal Disease and Depopulation Options


By JoAnn Alumbaugh, FarmJournal's Pork 

June 16, 2022


If a foreign animal disease (FAD) is diagnosed in the U.S. swine herd, the industry will make tough decisions quickly in an effort to keep the disease from spreading. That was the overlying theme of a session at the recent 2022 World Pork Expo, and if you happen to be in an area where the disease is identified, chances are you won’t like some of those decisions. Still, they are necessary.


Russ Nugent, PhD, owner of Dogwood Ag Services, LLC, from Lowell, Ark., moderated the session and started by telling producers, “The more information we have, the better the decision-making process: The best ideas come from all of us working together.” Nugent serves as treasurer of the National Pork Board and is a director on the board of the Swine Health Information Center.


“The whole key is to get back to normal as quickly as possible to produce food for the country and the world,” he said. Producers need to understand the process, including having emergency plans in place, understanding the signs and symptoms of FADs, knowing how to use the AgView traceability platform, and initiating a rapid response if needed.


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