Dairy producers should check their mailboxes this month for a dairy industry-specific brochure and poster, which details essential information about spotting and fighting Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

The brochure, Foot-and-Mouth Disease and the Dairy Industry’s Emergency Preparedness, is a joint effort among the dairy checkoff-funded Dairy Management Inc., the U.S. Dairy Export Council, the National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association. As a cost-savings measure, the brochure was mailed to all U.S. dairy producers this month with the 2001 DMI Annual Report, which provides an overview of 2001 dairy checkoff programs.

Additionally, the brochure contains a special pullout, wall-size poster printed in both English and Spanish that outlines key on-farm biosecurity tips.

“The brochure and poster are meant to inform the entire dairy industry about how we can all pitch in to help keep FMD out of the United States,” said Paul Rovey, an Arizona dairy producer and vice chairman of DMI.

Information covered in the brochure, which was reviewed extensively by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, includes:

  • Basic information about FMD and how it’s spread
  • Basic on-farm biosecurity measures
  • How to spot FMD signs and symptoms
  • What steps the government would take in the event of an FMD outbreak
  • How producers can best respond to questions about FMD from the public

“We urge dairy producers to read these materials, review them with their families and employees, and keep them as a reference in the unlikely event that they spot symptoms of FMD,” Rovey said.

If you would like to receive a copy of the FMD brochure, please e-mail fmdbrochure@cmfz.com or call (515) 246-3514 with your contact information.

Dairy Management Inc