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SBS Plan: What every producer needs to know

Danelle Bickett-Weddle

Swine producers are closely watching the growing African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak. Did you know there is a threat just as devastating that can impact cattle? That threat is foot and mouth disease (FMD).

The USDA values preparedness and funded the Secure Beef Supply (SBS) Plan ( to help producers prepare to protect their cattle from FMD.

What Does FMD Look Like?

Foot and mouth disease causes blisters on the feet and in the mouth of cloven-hooved animals (cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats.) It does NOT affect public health or food safety. Meat and milk are safe to eat and drink.

Preventing FMD Spread

Controlling the spread of this highly contagious animal disease involves stopping animal and animal product (cattle, semen, embryos, manure) movement in the areas around infected animals. Once stopped, restarting movement will require a special permit, issued by Regulatory Officials, after a producer meets certain requirements. The Secure Beef Supply (SBS) Plan provides guidance for producers who have cattle with no evidence of FMD infection prepare to meet movement permit requirements like those listed here:

Secure Beef Supply (SBS) Plan

The SBS Plan supports FMD control for infected farms and business continuity for uninfected farms. Producers who want to tip the scales in favor of outbreak survivability can prepare now by:

Having a National Premises Identification Number (PIN) issued by Iowa’s Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship: or call 888-778-7675

Writing an operation-specific enhanced biosecurity plan

Keeping movement records of animals, people, equipment, and other items onto your operation

Developing contingency plans for their operation in the case of limited movement

Resources for all of the above can be found on the Secure Beef website:

–Iowa State University Extension