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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, jackpot shows 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 has several show pig resources.

For last year's MN State Fair, Diane DeWitte and Sarah Schieck Boelke, both UMN swine Extension educators wrote fact sheets focusing on biosecurity in regards to ASF and PRRS. These fact sheets are still relevant.

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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