Due to growing consumer interest and demand for organic or sustainably-produced local foods, including humanely-raised animal products such as meat and eggs, the number of small-scale diversified (SSD) farms and pasture-raised livestock (i.e., outdoor-raised) in California and nationwide is increasing.
A challenge in raising pigs outdoors is the increasing probability of domestic pigs interacting with wildlife which increases the potential for the emergence of new zoonotic pathogens or previously eradicated swine diseases.
California has one of the largest and widest distributions of feral pigs. Feral pigs are known to forage in farmland and many California farmers and ranchers regularly experience feral pig intrusions in their crop fields and/or interaction between outdoor-raised pigs and feral pigs.
Feral and domestic pigs are reservoirs for many zoonotic and foodborne pathogens. The interaction of these two pig populations has important implications for food safety.
This workshop is designed to inform producers about biosecurity and good mitigation strategies to safeguard livestock from feral pig diseases.
Hear from experts with UC Cooperative Extension, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, USDA APHIS WS, and CDFA.
Learn about current diseases found in feral pigs and best practices for swine health and biosecurity for pigs raised outdoors
Connect with other small-scale swine producers in the region
Who should attend:
If you raise pigs outdoor for commercial or backyard pork production
If you are impacted by feral pigs and/or have feral pig intrusions on your farm or ranch
If you want to learn about biosecurity or mitigation strategies to protect livestock from feral pigs
If you are a small-scaled diversified farmer: you raise livestock and produce