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Biosecurity workshop for alternative swine producers

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

University of Minnesota Extension will hold a Biosecurity Workshop for Alternative Swine Producers the evening of January 15, 6-9 p.m. in St Charles, Minn.

“Recent cases of Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome (PRRS) virus and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) on farms where alternative production systems are used have highlighted the need for a review of biosecurity” says Wayne Martin, University of Minnesota Alternative Livestock Systems Extension Educator. “Diseases don’t discriminate between size of farm or production practices. The workshop will highlight biosecurity practices for alternative swine producers.”

The main topic covered will be biosecurity with review of clinical signs and treatment options for PRRS and PEDV, presented by Dr. Ross Kiehne. Yuzhi, University of Minnesota Alternative Swine Scientist at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WROC), will discuss biosecurity protocols used at WROC. Additionally producers will have an opportunity to discuss their experiences on this topic.

The workshop will be in the St. Charles Community Center (City Hall) on January 15. Registration begins at 6 p.m.

A meal will be provided from Del’s Café for producers and an additional person from their family or farm. Cost of the workshop is free with sponsorship from the SW and SE Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and the Minnesota Pork Board.

Pre-registration is needed so we can plan according for the meal. Please RSVP online at http://z.umn.edu/biosecurityworkshop or contact Wayne Martin at marti067@umn.edu or at 612-625-6224.

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