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Pork producers go to battle every day against invisible enemies that threaten our industry. From African Swine Fever (ASF) to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), the impact of these diseases would be devastating. Now’s the time to improve biosecurity in your operation.

Russ Nugent, an Arkansas pork producer and chair of the Pork Checkoff’s Swine Health Committee, says it’s challenging to prevent the entry of something you cannot see, hear, smell, taste or measure, yet alone convince your pork production team to follow suit.

“Avoid the ‘just do what I say’ approach with your team when it comes to biosecurity,” Nugent says. “Develop a biosecurity plan and use it to help educate your team about dealing with pathogens you can’t see or perceive. This can help not only with attitudes and execution, but it’s likely your team will come up with good ideas that you haven’t thought of yet.”

Nugent says biosecurity is a mindset.

“We have to try the best we can every minute of every day to have a clear, simple, understandable biosecurity strategy that we can and actually do execute,” he adds.

Download the 5 Practical Biosecurity Measures HERE

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