Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm Programming Radio Oklahoma Network  |  7401 N. Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73111  |  (405) 841-3675  |  Fax: (405) 841-3674

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Planning, Early Detection and Local Responders Make First Line of Defense Against Animal Disease

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:51:17 CDT

Planning, Early Detection and Local Responders Make First Line of Defense Against Animal Disease Last week, the Oklahoma Pork Council hosted the National Pork Council along with several other members of Oklahoma’s ag community, as well as some of the state’s emergency managers and other stakeholders, for a tabletop exercise simulating a scenario in which Foot & Mouth Disease is discovered in Oklahoma. The exercise is designed to help train and prepare those, a scenario like this would involve, in case such a situation ever occurred. Dr. Patrick Webb is the NPB veterinarian, and conducted the exercise. He spoke to the importance of having an exercise like this with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays. To hear their full conversation, click or tap the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.


“The diseases we’re talking about are diseases that we don’t have in the United States, but have international and domestic repercussions if you get them,” Webb said. “If we were to get those, it would disrupt the flow of pork and pork products. So, we need to plan ahead and we need to make sure we have the resources and the infrastructure in place to help mitigate those diseases even though we don’t have them - because there would be such dire economic and production impacts to the industry. It’s important to be prepared now.”


Citing research from a study that examined the economic impact of a disease outbreak, Webb says the discovery of FMD in Oklahoma, or anywhere in the country for that matter, could have the potential to cost not just the pork or beef industry, but the entire ag-sector significant losses. He says the financial losses would easily reach up to $20 billion.


“When these diseases strike,” he said, “we’re all kind of in the same boat, because the impacts on trade and production and disease control measures would all reduce our ability to be profitable as an industry.”


Luckily, though, Webb says the federal government has emergency response plans in place to head off any potential threats to the collective health of our livestock populations. And efforts are being made to improve those systems today even - in order to better control and contain any potential hazards that may arise.


“The National Pork Producers Council, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Milk Producers Federation, is doing vital work in order to make people aware we have to change our vaccine bank structure, to make sure we have short, medium and long-term vaccine to use in an outbreak so we can use other things to try to control it, contain it and get rid of it.”


While vaccines are an extremely important tool in the toolbox, Webb insists the frontline of defense at the local level, is where vigilance and preparedness come in as the most practical weapon against spreading disease.


“When we get folks here and train them, a lot of times they walk out of here going, ‘Hey I didn’t even know I was going to be involved in this,’” Webb remarked. “It becomes that local response that’s imperative to have, and a lot of people at the local level or outside of agriculture don’t even know they’re going to be playing until they come to a training like this.”



   




   

Listen to Hays speak with NPB's Dr. Patrick Webb on defending against animal disease in agriculture
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Virginia Norris Rogers of Pawnee County Named a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture  Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:47:35 CDT
  • Monday Preopening Market Update with Dave Lanning  Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:22:13 CDT
  • Cattle on Feed a Bearish Surprise with Placements Five Percent Above Trade Expectations  Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:31:54 CDT
  • EPA Admin. Scott Pruitt Changes His Tune in Letter to Senators, Promising to Strengthen the RFS  Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:59:18 CDT
  • Piper Merritt Hopes to Hang Her Hat Among the National FFA Officers Who Call Oklahoma Home  Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:48:28 CDT
  • ACC Calls Upon Global Leaders to Take Action Against IARC Over Deliberate Manipulation of Data  Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:52:16 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017  Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:43:08 CDT
  • OK Cattlemen's Association's Michael Kelsey Confronts Out-of-State Challengers to Checkoff Initiative  Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:36:09 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Livestock Exchange Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Stillwater Milling American Farmers & Ranchers KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2017 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup

    WebReady powered by WireReady® NSI