INDIANAPOLIS — As African swine fever continues to spread throughout Asia, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health continues its effort to reach out to pork producers and industry stakeholders educating the disease and the importance of having a biosecurity plan in place.

Bret Marsh, state veterinarian, said BOAH is reaching out to pork producers directly and working with them so they understand how important it is to validate their premises.

“Producers need to understand how to validate premises, so they know where their pigs are during a process of movement,” he said.

Marsh said BOAH is happy to go directly to producers and work with them one-on-one answering any questions they have and making sure they have a biosecurity plan in place.

Indiana is one of 14 states that have been participating in table-talk exercises about the disease and the importance of preventative measures, Marsh said.

Those states have been participating in the exercises because they are the top pork-producing states in the nation, he said.

“Over 100 people, including producers, veterinarians, extension and Purdue University experts came to the table-talk exercise,” he said.

Marsh said BOAH also is encouraging producers to look at the biosecurity plans they have in place, which needs to include movement on and off the farm, their feed source and the importance of working closely with a local veterinarian.

“Understanding biosecurity is a big part of the effort, especially at the farm level,” he said.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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