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Front. Vet. Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fvets.2019.00146

Adoption of Secure Pork Supply Plan Biosecurity by U.S. Swine Producers

 Christopher Pudenz1*,  Lee Schulz1 and Glynn Tonsor2
  • 1Iowa State University, United States
  • 2Kansas State University, United States

There is mounting concern about the negative animal health and supply chain consequences of animal disease outbreaks in the United States. Recent disease outbreaks have drawn attention to the need for additional understanding of biosecurity efforts to reduce disease frequency, spread, and impact. Biosecurity is a key component of the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) Plan designed to provide business continuity in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak as well as help protect operations from endemic diseases. Core biosecurity recommendations outlined in the SPS plan are a written site-specific biosecurity plan and implementation of a perimeter buffer area and a line of separation practices. To-date, no benchmarking of SPS Plan biosecurity implementation has been done. Utilizing data from a 2017 survey of U.S. swine producers, this study shows that SPS Plan biosecurity adoption varies and is affected by how feasible producers believe implementation of each biosecurity practice is on their operation. Furthermore, binomial logit regression analyses indicate producer and operation demographics and producer risk attitudes and perceptions affect biosecurity adoption. Conditional probabilities reveal that adoption of biosecurity practices is overwhelmingly complementary, suggesting that one biosecurity practice likely increases marginal efficacy of another biosecurity practice. The insights this study provides regarding the complexities of biosecurity adoption are vitally important to both educators and policy makers.

Keywords: Animal health economics, biosecurity adoption, foreign animal diseases, Secure Pork Supply Plan, pig, Swine

Received: 30 Oct 2018; Accepted: 26 Apr 2019.

Edited by:

Didier Raboisson, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, France

Reviewed by:

Kin Wing (Ray) Chan, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Beate Pinior, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria  

Copyright: © 2019 Pudenz, Schulz and Tonsor. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mr. Christopher Pudenz, Iowa State University, Ames, United States, ccpudenz@iastate.edu