The University of Missouri Extension will hold five workshops throughout the state teaching pork and poultry producers how to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks.
Teng Lim, MU Extension agricultural engineer, says government groups have collaborated to bring an awareness of diseases that threaten the health of food animals and wildlife. In recent years, emerging threats have included porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), which has killed at least 8 million pigs since 2013, and the H5N2 avian flu that led to the loss of 48 million birds last year.
Rapid response to new diseases can prevent or limit negative impact to animal health, the economy, food security and public health, Lim says.
MU Extension, North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division and Missouri Department of Natural Resources sponsor the one-day workshop regarding the impact an outbreak can have on a farm financially, and what farmers can do to prevent and respond to an outbreak.
Workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on the following dates:
• March 13, Neosho, Williams Agricultural Science Center, Crowder College
• March 14, Buffalo, O’Bannon Community Center, 315 E. Ramsey
• March 17, Jackson, MU Extension Center in Cape Girardeau County, 684 W. Jackson Trail
• March 20, Sedalia, Pork Place, Missouri State Fairgrounds
• March 24 Kirksville, Missouri Department of Conservation Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore St.
Preregistration is required. There is a $25 fee per person for materials, lunch and refreshments. Each registrant will receive a USB flash drive containing biosecurity information.
To register, send a check payable to University of Missouri to Misty Grant, 207 Agricultural Engineering Building, Columbia, MO 65211-5200. Register by Feb. 24.
For more information, contact Misty Grant at 573-882-2731 or [email protected].
Source: University of Missouri Extension