Pork Producers Encouraged to Evaluate Feed Suppliers’ Disease Risk Mitigation Strategies

Farmscape for August 19, 2019

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The Swine Health Information Center is encouraging pork producers to review recommendations pertaining to the disease risks associated with imported feed ingredients and discuss those risks with their suppliers. As part of research being conducted on behalf of the Swine Health Information Center scientists are looking at the potential risks of exposure to disease posed by imported feed ingredients, vitamins and minerals and evaluating risk mitigation strategies. Swine Health Information Center Executive Director Dr. Paul Sundberg encourages producers to discuss the risks and what suppliers are doing to address those risks.

Clip-Dr. Paul Sundberg-Swine Health Information Center:
We have published a document with a decision tree that is questions that producers should ask their feed suppliers.
For example, the questions can include if they source feed ingredients from African Swine Fever areas of the world, where that virus is circulating now, if they source those, how they understand and maintain the biosecurity of those, how they understand and maintain the purity of those feed ingredients, those types of things. They go through a check list of questions that a producer can bring to their feed supplier and ask them these questions about their ingredients that they’re using in their feed. That document is available on the swinehealth.org web site and it has been authored by feed experts in allied industries and universities. We’re hopeful that that will stimulate the conversation between producers and their feed suppliers to help to mitigate any risk and help to ensure that they’ve got a safe feed supply.

Dr. Sundberg says the American Feed Industry Association, which represents U.S. feed suppliers, mixers and processors, has been responsive in helping understand and define the risks and the potential mitigations. He says reputable feed ingredient sources should be able to answer producers’ questions and, if they can’t, it might be reason to consider whether they’re appropriate sources.

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