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A N I M A L W E L FA R E R E P O RT

for how producers should prepare and respond
to a positive COVID-19 case on their farm
and hosted weekly webinars and distributed
weekly e-newsletters to provide producers
with information from animal health experts,
financial consultants, and environmentalists.

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A number of processing
plants had to suspend
operations for a period of
time while adjusting their
production to accommodate
new safety protocols such
as installing partitions
between line workers.

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of hogs," however, demand at foodservice
diminished and retail demand took over in
response to widespread restaurant closures.
"So, we have to do something with these hogs."
The NPB quickly developed a coordinated
response to the COVID-19 crisis, which was
similar to how it would provide guidance and
assistance to producers during an animal health
outbreak, like African swine fever (ASF).
Representing more than 60,000 hog
producers, NPB recognized how, even in a
non-animal health-related crisis, a disruption in
one part of the food supply chain had negative
impacts for the entire system. Working with the
National Pork Producers Council, NAMI, state
pork and veterinarian associations, the US
Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
other federal agencies, the NPB worked to be
an information outlet for consumers as well as
a source of providing solutions for producers
dealing with the surplus of hogs that quickly
overwhelmed the system.
One of the strategies NPB utilized was to
provide producers with feeding strategies to
reduce pig growth to minimize the impact of
livestock surplus.
"We knew that we needed to help reduce
pig growth, which is obviously the opposite of
what we normally are doing," Crawford said.
The association also published guidance

When it came to the grim task of depopulating
hog herds, the NPB funded field trials to ensure
findings could be applied to future animal
health disease scenarios as well as reallocating
funds to assist producers at the local level
during the current crisis.
In hindsight, Crawford said it is now
apparent that while the industry had prepared
for a certain level of culling animals in
response to an animal disease outbreak,
the industry was not prepared for a nonanimal health emergency that would require
depopulation and disposal of healthy hogs on
the scale that was seen in 2020.
She added that it became apparent that
the National Veterinary Stockpile (NVS) needs
more resources to effectively respond to
depopulation needs should an animal disease
like ASF reach the United States. Looking
back, Crawford said it was the veterinarians at
the state level that successfully led the efforts
in the unchartered area of dealing with a nonanimal health emergency, due in large part to
collaboration with the USDA, and that farmerled solutions were the most effective during
the crisis thanks to collaboration with local
veterinarians and in partnership with many
experts in the rendering industry.
In the end, it was determined that more
research is needed to explore viable methods
of depopulation and disposal, which the NPB
has identified as a priority for future research.
"COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to
look across the industry and understand where
we really shined at this point and where we can
have room for improvement," Crawford said.
In Iowa, the source of about one-third of
the country's pork production, and across
the industry, the response to the pandemic
highlighted the strengths and exposed some
weaknesses in the pork supply chain. Many
of the highlights were discovered as part of
the depopulation and disposal field trials
conducted in the state. During last month's
conference, Jamee Eggers, producer education


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