Livestock producers from across Missouri will learn how to prevent as well as respond to a disease outbreak through a series of free biosecurity workshops.
University of Missouri representatives along with national and state government specialists are teaming up to provide information on emerging livestock diseases and how to manage them.
Attendees will learn about foot-and-mouth disease and the spread of African swine fever in China, says Teng Lim, MU Extension agricultural engineering specialist. While agricultural officials have not documented any cases of ASF in the U.S., the disease spreads quickly from pig to pig through direct secretions, contaminated objects and ticks. No vaccine exists to control the disease, which does not affect humans.
The workshops are designed to help beef, dairy and hog producers and veterinarians, Lim says, and will take place in March.
Attendees will benefit from reviews of biosecurity protocols and the experience of speakers on a range of topics, including quarantine, mass mortality management, indemnity and economics.
Speakers include representatives from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Agriculture, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and MU. They will discuss protocols to prevent and control disease, regulations, written biosecurity plans, how to train employees, and what to do when there is an outbreak.
The workshop runs 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at these locations:
March 6. Hunter Civic Center, Versailles
March 8. Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, Springfield
March 13. MU Extension Center in Cape Girardeau County, Jackson
March 15. Missouri Department of Conservation Northeast Regional Office, Kirksville
March 18. Missouri Western State University, Leah Spratt Hall, St. Joseph
Register before Feb. 27 to receive lunch, workshop materials and a free USB flash drive with biosecurity information.