UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With foreign animal diseases such as strep zoo, vesicular stomatitis and African swine fever threatening livestock producers, Penn State Extension and the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence are teaching biosecurity best-management practices to youth.
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recently summarized the importance of biosecurity and teaching young livestock producers these best practices. It goes beyond just protecting their assets and their future, he pointed out.
“Yes, good biosecurity protects their animals from diseases that can wipe them out, along with all of the time, money and energy invested in them,” Redding said. “But biosecurity is also the foundation for food safety. The safety of the food on our tables begins on the farm.”