When the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) Board met in June, they focused on the success and continued challenges of SHIC’s role as a resource to address the health of the nation’s swine industry. They recognize foreign animal disease as a major concern to the industry as well as new or emerging diseases. SHIC’s work in this area has continued to help producers address these issues, including collaborating with the National Pork Board and USDA to help develop the ability to use oral fluids as a surveillance and monitoring tool for FMD, CSF, and ASF and tracking new developments such as monitoring central nervous system syndromes seen in different regions of the country during 2016 and continuing into 2017.
Updates on projects funded and coordinated by SHIC were also presented and discussed. One project, the sow and secondary pig markets paper, describes unique movements and risk factors of these markets that deserve to be studied further. Another update came from research looking at the risks of importing disease in feed ingredients. Furthering this research by looking at effective mitigation is underway.
“Our Board of Directors is engaged with the projects and research undertaken by SHIC. We are very pleased to see the quick response when new research is needed and collaboration between SHIC and other organizations concerned with swine health,” said Dr. Daryl Olsen, board president. “We want to continue our work to prevent, prepare, and respond to protect the health of the nation’s swine herd.”
The SHIC Board of Directors also meets monthly via conference calls to address any new issues and monitor ongoing projects. With the three action steps of prevent, prepare, and respond in mind, the Board continually discusses the best ways to continue to return value on the investment producers have made in SHIC.
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