Preventing and Responding to Disease Outbreak

Why and What Was Done

Biosecurity protocols are very important to safeguard animal health, food safety, environment, and the economy. Everyone working with livestock and poultry needs to be properly trained on executing biosecurity procedures, and be reminded of the potential of disease outbreak.

The North Central Extension Risk Management Education group funded an Extension project to provide the biosecurity workshops in Missouri. Five workshops were conducted in Neosho, Buffalo, Jackson, Sedalia and Kirksville, Missouri. University of Missouri Extension agricultural engineers Teng Lim and Joe Zulovich put together the proposal and enjoyed a lot of support from Extension in Oklahoma and Minnesota, and Missouri Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division and Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Other important collaborators included USDA APHIS and NRCS.

During the workshops, attendees were provided with:

  • Booklet of the presentation files
  • A biosecurity checklist and important contacts, laminated
  • Whiteboard animation of the biosecurity checklist
  • USB jump-drive, which contains all the materials above

Presentations from the Workshops

Presentation files from in the workshops include:

  1. Overview of Workshop and Resources (Teng Lim, University of Missouri)
  2. Review and History of Major Disease Outbreaks (Dr. Corrine Bromfield, University of Missouri)
  3. Local Regulations and Options for Mortality Management (MO DNR)
  4. Detection and Quarantine, Who to Call, Procedures, and Resource (MDA Animal Health Division)
  5. Mortality Management Options during Disease Outbreak (Dr. Josh Payne, Oklahoma State University)
  6. Prevention: Biosecurity Training, Plans, and Execution (Dr. Kevin Janni, Univesity of Minnesota)
  7. Economic Reasons to Improve and Maintain Biosecurity (Dr. Ray Massey, University of Missouri)

Biosecurity Checklist and Important Contact Information

Every few months, employee(s) should revisit their biosecurity protocols and make changes if needed. A laminated checklist was made available for that purpose. It is good record keeping to save completed forms for follow-up, future reference, and inspections. Additional copies or electronic version of this form can be obtained by contacting MU Agricultural Engineering Extension, 573-882-0085.

Whiteboard animation of the Biosecurity Checklist

This 1.5-minute Whiteboard animation video presents the Biosecurity checklist in a more lively illustration way, and can be used in future quick reminder or in-house training. Please feel free to download or use it as often as you want.