African Swine Fever 101 – Webinar and Q/A Session for Swine Producers and Veterinary Service Providers in Michigan

This on-line educational event held on May 19, 7:00-8:00 AM will describe what pork producers and veterinary service providers NEED to know and plan for if we see an African Swine Fever outbreak in the US and Michigan

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Photo by Dave Thompson

Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Pork Producers Association have teamed up to address an important topic for pork producers: African Swine Fever (ASF). Designed for farmers and veterinary service providers who work with pigs, this brief webinar followed by a Q&A will review what steps will be taken in Michigan if we have an ASF outbreak in the US and Michigan, and how that will impact local production. This educational event, which will be held May 19, 7:00-8:00 a.m., will focus on protecting the viability of Michigan’s pork industry and preparing farmers and veterinary service providers to respond. Experts will discuss how pork producers can prepare for continued production if an outbreak occurs (Secure Pork Supply Planning) and how they can receive approval for permitted movement for their farm.

Topics that will be discussed during this event include:

  • How does this impact or change my farm?
  • How to work with your veterinarian during a FAD outbreak?
  • Do you have a good plan for your farm?
  • How is Michigan poised to respond to ASF?

Pork producers and veterinary service providers will walk away from this webinar and Q&A session having a better understanding of what will happen if there is a case of ASF identified in Michigan. This session will also explain how farms will be quarantined and what will be required for a movement permit if you are in an infected area. Register for this webinar at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/SecurePorkSupply/

Everyone who registers for the program will receive an e-mail containing links to the program, which will be presented through the webinar software, Zoom. No software installation is required, simply click on the link that will be provided and you will be automatically connected. You will be able to access the program from your laptop or smart phone. Register by May 17 to receive in advance a downloadable slide set of information that will be presented.

 

If you have questions regarding this webinar, please contact the Michigan Pork Producers Association Office, Emily Schmitt at (517) 853-3782 or Schmitt@mipork.org.  Further information can be found by contacting MSU-Extension Educators and Specialists: Beth Ferry at (269) 876-2745 or franzeli@msu.edu, Casey Zangaro ( 785-285-2127) or zangaroc@msu.edu, Dale Rozeboom at (517) 355-8398 or rozeboom@msu.edu and Madonna Benjamin at (517)614-8875 or gemus@msu.edu, or Dave Thompson at (269) 832-8403 or thom1637@msu.edu

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