Pennsylvania has been gearing up for months to fight African swine fever, but a recent training exercise offered a reminder that on-farm practices remain the state’s most important defense.
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Pennsylvania ag secretary Redding and Chris Herr, executive vice president of PennAg Industries, visited Nelson Sensenig’s 280-acre organic egg farm in Lebanon County last week to discuss how a new partnership through the PA Farm Bill’s Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence will assist swine, poultry and small ruminant producers.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and State Veterinarian Dr. David Wolfgang are reminding poultry owners to take biosecurity measures through December to prevent the spread of avian influenza during fall wild bird migration.
Poultry owners and managers need to prepare and follow a flock plan to protect against highly pathogenic avian influenza, which led to the death or destruction of more than 40 million birds in 15 states during 2015.
Your farm’s biosecurity plan is more than a document outlining a series of procedures designed to protect your farm.
Like most things in life there is a fine line between protecting your farm from biosecurity risks and letting people know what you do.