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Biosecurity during fair season

It is fair season in Minnesota, which means exhibitors and pigs are traveling to various county fairs across the state and to the Minnesota State Fair. Also with the pork industry focused on keeping African swine fever (ASF) from entering the U.S, it is a good time to remind exhibitors about the importance of biosecurity as well as zoonotic diseases.

The Pork Checkoff recently announced the launch of their show pig resources. The resources include fact sheets, videos, social media graphics, key messages, infographics, fliers, booklets and post cards.

Additionally Pork Checkoff put the information into an easy-to-read toolkit that can be viewed online or downloaded to print.

To remind exhibitors of zoonotic diseases, like influenza, the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is sharing the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for fair organizers and those exhibiting pigs at fairs. Influenza is a zoonotic disease that can be transmitted from people to pigs and pigs to people. Read about CDC's guidelines for pigs and fairs on the UMASH website.
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