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State Veterinarian To Speak At Disease Outbreak Workshops

COLUMBIA, MO.
   Missouri Department of Agriculture state veterinarian Linda Hickam will be among the speakers at University of Missouri Extension’s     “Preventing and Responding to Disease Outbreak” workshops in March.
  The one-day workshops are in Neosho, Buffalo, Jackson, Sedalia and Kirksville.
   Hickam tells how to detect animal diseases, whom to call, quarantine procedures and resources.
   The course is approved for four hours of veterinary continuing education credits.
   MU Extension veterinarian Corrine Bromfield will give a history of major disease outbreaks in the United States. MU Extension economist Ray Massey will talk about the economic reasons to improve and maintain biosecurity systems on the farm and in livestock operations.
   MU Extension agricultural engineers Teng Lim and Joe Zulovich tell what resources are available. Josh Payne, animal waste management specialist for Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, speaks on mortality management options during disease outbreaks. Kevin Janni, livestock housing specialist with the University of Minnesota, tells how producers can prevent an outbreak. Representatives from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will explain local regulations and options for mortality management.
   Dates and locations:
   March 13 in Neosho, Williams Agricultural Science Center, Crowder College; March 14 in Buffalo, O’Bannon Community Center; March 17 in    Jackson, MU Extension Center in Cape Girardeau County; March 20 in Sedalia, Pork Place, Missouri State Fairgrounds; and March 24 in   Kirksville, Missouri Department of Conservation Northeast Regional Office. Sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
   For more information, contact Misty Grant at 573-882-2731 or grantmm@missouri.edu . ∆
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