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Pork industry focused on H5N1 prevention

The pork industry is focusing on prevention as H5N1 outbreaks continue. 

Swine Health Information Center associate director Dr. Lisa Becton says influenza is a concern.

“Just trying to understand the situation that’s going on in dairy, and then also understanding what can we do from a swine side to help prevent issues and also to do surveillance.”

Speaking to Brownfield during World Pork Expo in Des Moines Wednesday, she said biosecurity is the first line of defense as producers look to prevent H5N1 in swine.

“Things like making sure you have adequate bird proofing and can keep birds out of your farm, whether that’s in reduced roosting areas, cover inlets where birds may come in, or even just replace bird wires.”

Becton says feed and feed sources should be covered and pig behavior should be monitored.

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