Two new publications regarding farm security and biosecurity are being unveiled to pork producers during the National Pork Industry Forum in Denver, Colo., Feb. 28 to March 2.

"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 the National Pork Board's Swine Health Committee.

Both biosecurity and security measures are important in minimizing 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, 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 this Security Guide for Pork Producers provides recommendations to help pork producers strengthen security on their farm."

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, the National Pork Board/American Association of Swine Veterinarians Biosecurity Working Group, the National Pork Board Swine Health Committee and the AASV Swine Health Committee.

You can order individual copies of these publications by calling the National Pork Board ordering department at 515-223-2621. They also are available on the science and technology area of the National Pork Board's Web site at www.porkboard.org.

National Pork Board