Diseases big risk for Iowa livestock farmers

Diseases big risk for Iowa livestock farmers

Foreign animal diseases. such as classical swine fever, foot and mouth disease and African swine fever, could make an enormous impact on the United States if they gained a foothold here, experts said at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines recently.

In a study funded by the National Pork Board, Iowa State University (ISU) economist Dermot Hayes estimated that FMD alone would create a financial impact of $200 billion over 10 years.

Associated mostly with cattle and hogs, foot and mouth dis­­ease (FMD) is a highly...

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