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KSU Vet Dr. Jordan Gebhardt Talks About Bio Exclusion in The Feed Industry

Tue, 08 Dec 2020 08:43:08 CST

KSU Vet Dr. Jordan Gebhardt Talks About Bio Exclusion in The Feed Industry Keeping a disease out of our herd is easier than treating it after the fact and that is why Dr. Jordan Gebhardt with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University is focusing his research on biosecurity in the feed industry.

Dr. Gebhardt was a speaker at the recent KSU virtual swine day.

Biosecurity for the feed industry is very important, he said. A key part of that is something he calls bio exclusion.

Bio exclusion is a portion of biosecurity and it (biosecurity) is understanding how certain viruses spread among animals, he said.

If we have a population of susceptible animals, bio exclusion is what we do to prevent the virus from coming into contact with the animals, he said.

If we have a feed mill with trucks going from farm to farm, bio exclusion is what we do to prevent the virus from coming into the mill to start with, he said.

We think itís a lot easier to keep it out in the first place than treat it later, Gebhardt said.

The KSU veterinarian said one area that we need to emphasize is communication.

If we have a disease outbreak, we need to communicate that to the right people, he said.

If I am a producer with a certain illness, I need to communicate with the feed mill so they can take the appropriate measures, Gebhardt said.

The big takeaway I want to emphasize is the importance and need for communication across different production systems and stakeholders in the feed supply chain, he said.

Dr. Gebhardt added thinking about biosecurity now can save a lot of heartache later.

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