New emergency planning tool now available for American pork producers

A new tool is now available to help pork producers create plans for dealing with unexpected or emergency situations.
calendar icon 28 March 2020
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In collaboration with the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council and Swine Health Information Center, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians has released a new tool to assist farmers and veterinarians with developing crisis operating plans.

Swine Health Information Center Executive Director Dr Paul Sundberg says the tool was developed in response to COVID-19 but can be used to prepare for any type of disruption.

"You can think of it as anything that might disrupt your supply or disrupt your workers or others," Sundberg explains to Farmscape.

"Certainly we think of this COVID-19 situation as potentially disrupting supplies and operations but you might also consider fires, natural disasters, foreign animal disease outbreaks.

"Anything that could disrupt normal operations on the farm is really where we tried to take this and focus this thing.

"It's been said that the best plans are poor if they aren't written down because everybody needs to have clear directions.

"This tool gives producers and their veterinarians and everybody involved the opportunity to sit down and go through a list of questions and a list of points to talk about. Where do we get this from, how do we do without it, what happens if, what happens when?

"I think the real value of this is in the pre-planning and in the recording of the current thoughts.

"Now, those current thoughts very well may change over time so it would be prudent to set into place at least a yearly if not more often review of the plans that are put into place and that will help to make sure that everybody is on the same page."

Dr Sundberg says this new tool can be accessed through the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, Swine Health Information Center or American Association of Swine Veterinarians websites.

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