World Pork Expo is here livestock show season is around the corner. These are great events that celebrate agriculture and our rural communities, but the presence of swine at these events poses a biosecurity risk for all of us that work on and visit hog farms.
Both Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus are present in swine populations during the summer months.
Remember: Contact with pigs, livestock trailers that haul pigs, and the premises that house swine at these shows is high level biosecurity hazard.
If you have swine contact as defined above, please take the necessary precautions before returning to a farm. These include the appropriate amount of downtime and personal sanitation/hygiene.
Thanks for your efforts at protecting the health of the farms and enjoy your time at these events throughout the summer!