Swine Health Improvement Plan
The United States Swine Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) is being modelled after the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). SHIP aims to provide a platform for producers and packers to safeguard, improve and represent swine health across the US. The objectives of SHIP are to develop and implement a disease status certification program for African Swine Fever (ASF) and Classical Swine Fever (CSF). This program can help mitigate disease introduction to swine. The benefits of enrolling in SHIP include strengthening disease preparedness in Kentucky; developing uniform biosecurity, traceability, and sampling/testing across participating SHIP states; and collaboration with industry, state and federal programs.
How to become a US SHIP Participant
US SHIP participation includes a wide range of participants from small scale swine producers to large commercial producers and slaughter facilities.Enrollment
1. Complete the enrollment form (single premises or multi-premises)
- Single Premises Enrollment Form
- Multi Premises Enrollment Form - Multi-site premises will need to fill out an additional spreadsheet with premises information. Once the enrollment form is submitted, the Swine Program Coordinator will reach out with the additional information needed.
- Certification includes the ability to provide 30 days of swine movement data in an electronic format and be provided in a timely manner. The Swine Program Coordinator will reach out to obtain movement records required to obtain SHIP certification.
- Program Standards
1. The Swine Program Coordinator will contact the SHIP Participant to initiate certification after receipt of enrollment form and biosecurity survey.
2. KY OSV will confer certification once movement data is received.
3. Certification can be maintained by meeting or exceeding the requirements for US SHIP.
African Swine Fever
African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious and deadly virus that affect both domestic and feral swine. It has not been detected in the United States but it is close being recently detected in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. ASF is not transmissible to humans and it is not a food safety threat. There is no treatment or vaccine. ASF is spread through garbage feeding, contaminated vehicles, equipment, clothing, shoes and feed, and international travelers. Symptoms include high fever, loss of appetite, depression, weakness, red skin or lesions, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, abortions or sudden death. Please consult with your veterinarian if you suspect you have sick pigs. To keep ASF out of the US, follow strict biosecurity protocols, enroll in the SHIP program and develop a Secure Pork Supply Plan.
Secure Pork Supply Plan
The Secure Pork Supply Plan (SPS) is in place to keep business continuity if a foreign animal disease were to occur. To control the spread of diseases, the SPS plan is a way to voluntarily prepare before an outbreak. Having a SPSP in place will allow for producers to have enhanced biosecurity, move animals that are not infected under a movement permit during an FAD, and have business continuity.
To develop a SPS plan, request a national premises ID, develop an enhanced biosecurity plan, have someone who is certified in surveillance sampling and keep movement records of all swine.