A series of biosecurity workshops were conducted in
Missouri, USA, to improve on-farm biosecurity management. Stakeholders were
also encouraged to take steps in preparing for mass mortality management,
especially to be acquainted with the local and federal levels of authority
personnel. Should a major disease outbreak happen, movement restrictions will
be put in place for the control area(s) to limit disease spread by animals,
animal products, vehicles, and other equipment. Farm operations need to
recognize the shortages and risks of their operations, and prepare for several
days to weeks. Agencies involved would typically include federal disease
inspection, state veterinarian, disease diagnostic laboratory, and
environmental protection. Secure Food Supply Plans have been developed for
different animal species farm operations. All operations, including small
farms, should request a National Premises Identification Number (PIN), and
develop an Enhanced Biosecurity Plan prior to an outbreak. Methods to sample
and test for different diseases, or where to obtain information and help needed
in short time frame are critical. Indemnity and economics should be considered
to ensure farm operations can manage cash flow for several months. Suggestions
were collected from survey, confirming more outreach education are needed, with
constructive notes to improve future workshops.
Number of Participants: 201
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