Newly emerging diseases can have devastating effects on livestock and producers. As foreign diseases pose increasing risks, some industry stakeholders are taking a proactive approach.
In early 2019, the U.S. pork industry announced the formation of the National Swine Disease Council, or NSDC. Comprised of industry leaders, swine veterinarians and state and federal health officials, the NSDC is tasked with protecting animal and public health. The members plan to do this by leveraging their decades of experience in responding to swine-specific diseases.
Preventing a foreign disease from entering the United States is becoming increasingly difficult to impossible. In conjunction with preventive measures to avoid introduction, the NSDC will focus on educating producers and strengthening biosecurity protocols. The ultimate plan is to create a rapidly responsive bulwark against high-risk emerging diseases.