The National Pork Board has two new publications that provide guidance on farm security and biosecurity.

"The new publications about biosecurity and security provide pork producers with the most comprehensive information available," says Jim Niewold, a pork producer from Loda, Ill., and chairman of NPB's swine health committee.

Both biosecurity and security measures are important to minimize the risk of introducing disease-causing agents to pork production operations, says Niewold. Secure farms also help maintain consumer confidence that U.S. pork is consistently of high quality and safe, he adds. That is vital to promoting pork, increasing demand and expanding markets both in the United States and around the world.

"The 'Biosecurity Guide for Pork Producers' offers a variety of ideas to keep me thinking about how to improve biosecurity on my farm, as well as today's best biosecurity practices," notes Niewold. "No farm will be able to protect itself against all security risks, but the 'Security Guide for Pork Producers' provides recommendations to help pork producers strengthen security on their farms."

The "Biosecurity Guide for Pork Producers" and the "Security Guide for Pork Producers" were developed in conjunction with the National Biosecurity Resource Center at Purdue University, NPB and American Association of Swine Veterinarians Biosecurity Working Group, NPB's Swine Health Committee and AASV's Swine Health Committee.

You can order individual copies of these publications by calling NPB's ordering department at (515) 223-2621. Copies also are available on the science and technology area of NPB's Web site at