Whether it’s transporting pigs to harvest or moving pigs between farms, animal handlers play a key role in maintaining herd health. The Pork Checkoff’s Transport Quality Assurance program (TQA®) was updated to enhance safe handling, biosecurity and swine disease, such as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv).
“All movement of pigs, people, vehicles and equipment on and off a farm provides the opportunity for a disease to infect a herd,” said Dr. Lisa Becton, director of swine health information and research for the Pork Checkoff. “From farm workers to transporters, we all need to take actions to reduce the risk of disease introduction and spread, especially now with PEDV.”
The objective of transportation biosecurity is to minimize the risk of disease transfer caused by trailer, driver and associated equipment. Biosecurity protocols including cleaning, disinfection and drying trailer and equipment.
“Transporters should assume that any site they contact could transmit disease through them, and/or their tractor and trailer,” Becton said.
Launched in 2001, the program has undergone five revisions. TQA offers current, science-based information on humane handling, biosecurity and proper transportation through training and certification of animal handlers and transport personnel. For more information and to find an upcoming training session, go to pork.org/TQA.
At the National Biosecurity Resource Center’s website at biosecuritycenter.org, transporters can locate truck washes by state, find guidance on boot disinfectants by manufacturer, disinfectant class or by disease.