(Dec. 1, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in conjunction with Iowa State University, has developed a video showing livestock producers how to set up a vehicle cleaning and disinfection corridor to protect their farms, and neighboring farms, during a foreign animal disease outbreak. This is one of many steps the Department is taking to help Iowa livestock producers prepare for a potential foreign animal disease outbreak.
Biosecurity is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of a foreign animal disease, and a vehicle cleaning and disinfection corridor is a critical component of an on-farm biosecurity plan. All vehicles, trucks, trailers and equipment entering or exiting a farm during a foreign animal disease outbreak should be properly cleaned and disinfected to help prevent pathogens from spreading to other locations and livestock.
“Practicing proper biosecurity on livestock farms every day is the best way to protect animal health, and biosecurity becomes even more important during a foreign animal disease outbreak,” said Secretary Naig. “This video is one of many resources the Department has created to help livestock producers plan and prepare for a foreign animal disease outbreak so they can respond more effectively, if an outbreak occurs.”
The video “Setting Up and Operating a Cleaning and Disinfection Station” is a free resource for livestock producers. It is available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s biosecurity web page.
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