Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Pork board offers emergency planning help

The Ontario Pork marketing board is urging its members to prepare emergency response plans, and it’s offering to help them do so.


“While planning for an emergency, that (hopefully) may never happen, might seem like a big job — and it is — having a completed on-farm emergency plan for all of your premises will help you more easily navigate through an emergency,” the board said on its website.


This summer, Ontario Pork, Swine Health Ontario (SHO) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) are working jointly to assist producers in developing their on-farm emergency plans.


“A team of dedicated individuals can help you develop a personalized emergency farm plan. They can walk you through the planning process, provide more information, create a labelled site map of your property and help you identify the best area for on-farm disposal,” the board said.


The team is available now through the end of August and is happy to answer all of your questions.


Email today to book time with one of our planners.


Ontario Pork has a resource to help you work through everything you should consider in building your own on-farm emergency plan.


Download a digital version of the 2017 On-Farm Emergency Response Planning Guide or order a hardcopy binder 

2020 Update: Section 8: Major Animal Disease Outbreak and Disaster PlanningSection 9: Animal Activists, Protests and Trespassers and Section 10: Mental Health Information and Resources .