African swine fever is top of mind for Minnesota hog producers. University of Minnesota Extension Swine Educator Sarah Schiek says farmers are doing everything they can to prepare for an outbreak. “In the event we would get African swine fever and movement of pigs is controlled, farmers would be able to prove to state and federal officials they’ve got a heightened biosecurity protocol in place to make sure they can prevent or reduce the spread of the virus,” says Shiek. “They’re also working with feed suppliers to inquire about biosecurity protocols feed suppliers use, as they may get feed ingredients from countries currently infected with ASF.” Schiek says there are also seven steps farmers can take to participate in the pork industry’s Secure Pork Supply plan. Read more about the seven steps.
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