Checkoff funding has given SHIC the opportunity to focus on emerging domestic and international swine diseases. That’s a vulnerability clearly shown by the introduction of PED in 2013 and the risk ASF and other diseases coming into the country today. Checkoff has funded SHIC to do something about it.
SHIC looked at the 2022 data and changed its 2022 plan to give focus to nursery, finishing, and transport biosecurity. All the evidence points to those areas acting as a continuing source of disease back to farrowing farms, in a never-ending circle. The new program has already gotten broad producer input into practical, cost-effective, and implementable ideas and has sent a national and international call for proposals that will get started right away. It’s an example of recognizing urgency, being nimble and being willing to change. SHIC changed its direction in quick response to producer needs.
SHIC’s international monitoring uncovered an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis virus in Australia early in 2022. They’ve lost an estimated 6% to 10% of their production. JEV is our potential “next PED”, but worse because the virus can infect both pigs and people. We may be able to stop it or it may get here this week. We can’t expect the virus to wait on us. It’s urgent. SHIC has gotten together Australian producers and animal and health regulatory agencies with our USDA, CDC, and researchers to see what lessons we can learn from them to stop it from getting here or, if it does get in, to be prepared to respond quickly.
SHIC’s Board of Directors are producers and veterinarians that keep it practical and grounded. And feedback has been that SHIC’s work is valued and appreciated by US producers. There’s no other meat commodity in the US or around the world that has had the foresight to look for things that are coming at it instead of waiting and reacting to what happens to it.
Swine Health Information Center Scope of Work
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Scope of Work Structure
The goal of the structure of the Swine Health Information Center is to offer pork producer oversight and decision making supplemented and informed by subject matter expertise. To complete the SHIC Scope of Work, two working groups are formed.
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