… “Historically, we have evaluated ASF stability in various feed ingredients, but it was always using a transoceanic model, which incorporated fluctuating temperature and humidity consistent with global shipment,” Niederwerder says. “Although this provided important information, we had never evaluated ASF stability in feed ingredients upon arrival, or in their country of origin, when held at a constant temperature.,, 

 

 

One of the Most Important Questions Every Pig Farmer Should Ask

 

By Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork 

August 1, 2022

 

Where does your feed come from? It’s one of the most important questions every pig farmer should ask their feed mill. Although feed biosecurity might not be as talked about in the pork industry, experts agree it should be a fundamental part of everyone’s biosecurity plan.

 

Studies have shown African swine fever (ASF) virus can survive in feed being shipped across the globe, but what happens when those feed ingredients arrive in the U.S.?

 

Megan Niederwerder, associate director of the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), says that’s what makes a report recently published in the scientific journal Transboundary and Emerging Diseases so important.

 

“Historically, we have evaluated ASF stability in various feed ingredients, but it was always using a transoceanic model, which incorporated fluctuating temperature and humidity consistent with global shipment,” Niederwerder says. “Although this provided important information, we had never evaluated ASF stability in feed ingredients upon arrival, or in their country of origin, when held at a constant temperature. For example, could you store feed ingredients in a conditioned warehouse to allow the virus to decay over time? How can we provide those storage recommendations to feed mills and producers?”

 

Those questions about storage served as the impetus for this study, she explains.

 

ASF is Sensitive to Temperature ...

 

A Top Priority ...

 

1.    Look at your feed ingredients and identify which ingredients are the highest risk ...

 

2.    Is there an opportunity to store my ingredients at a higher temperature? ...

 

3.    Consider using a mitigant in feed ...

 

What Happens Next? ...

 

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