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9 Questions for Producers and Processors to Consider

January 24, 2014
By: Catherine Merlo, Dairy Today Western and Online Editor google + 

This is in conjuction with the article "In Command of a Crisis" from the February issue of Dairy Today.

The last thing USDA’s Darrel Styles wants to see during a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak is a knee-jerk reaction in dealing with the crisis.

Styles is with the National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management at USDA-APHIS. One of the severe consequences of an FMD outbreak, he says, is the certainty that the U.S. will lose its international markets for an indeterminate amount of time.

But the nation’s domestic market is a different matter. "For dairy, we don’t want any impediments to the interstate movement of raw milk and other commodities," says Styles. "That would be devastating."

That’s why he urges the dairy producers, processors and allied industry to address these issues before an FMD outbreak occurs:

• Will the industry process milk from vaccinated cattle?

• Will the industry tolerate a modicum of FMD in milk?

• Will the industry process milk from recovered cattle?

• How will producers manage milk that may require disposal if it can’t be processed?

• Will the industry be able to maintain its replacement heifer supply?

• What contingency plan does the industry have for feed and forage supplies?

• What contingency plans exist for export and trade loss?

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FEATURED IN: Dairy Today - February 2014
RELATED TOPICS: Dairy, Herd Health, Animal Welfare

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