Agritourism calls for biosecurity

Agritourism calls for biosecurity

With your southeast regional farm newspaper, I’m Haylie Shipp.

Planning a trip to the Dominican Republic? This can be tempting, but also dangerous.

“Especially if it’s hogs or cattle or crops — I don’t care — any producer who has the ability to go back to a farm. We really need to make sure that we’re focused on giving them the resources to understand what you need to do for your international biosecurity so that you don’t follow things backwards.

Dr Patrick Webb of the National Pork Board says pork producers in particular should avoid exposure to African swine fever (ASF).

“A lot of these countries like to do circuits. Agritourism is one thing. The last thing we want is for someone to wander into a pig farm and come back. These are smart decisions and the tools we have at porkcheckoff.org for international travel, biosecurity, can help provide guidance.

ASF is getting closer to the United States. It was discovered in Haiti and the Dominican Republic almost six months ago. Webb says poor biosecurity measures on the island caused the initial spread.

“We strongly suspect that he arrived with international garbage, that is to say products that have been fed. No one has the definitive epidemiology on this yet where they say that’s exactly how it happened. We know from our experiences in China and other countries that it is waste of plates with meat, waste of plates with pork.

You are not a pork producer? He says all sectors of agriculture need to focus on biosecurity.

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