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No FMD In United States Since 1929 But Iowa State's Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle Says We Must Be Prepared For An Outbreak
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:40:38 CDT
The United States has not had a case of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) since 1929, but Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, associate director for the Center for Food Security and Public Health at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, says we must be prepared for such an occurrence.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle
Dr. Bickett-Weddle was a featured speaker at the recent Ranchers series Webinars sponsored by OSU.
Foot and Mouth disease could devastate herds, she said.
Dr. Bickett-Weddle said at the beginning of the outbreak a “standstill” will be enforced.
She compared it to what happened with air traffic when 9-11 occurred.
They shut down all air traffic for three days, she said.
Stopping livestock movement is no small act.
What will happen is no movement of livestock will occur which means packers, plants, auction markets all will sit idle until we can figure out where the disease is and isn’t, she said.
The next step will be controlled movement requiring a permit to move animals.
You will be required to have a premise ID for traceability, she said, something that says this premise is not infected, she said.
Next, is what happens every day now, which is the same business relationship between producer and processor we have regardless of disease outbreak. Basically, saying I have cattle and do you want them, she said.
We need to ask, “will you accept cattle coming from this area?” she said.
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