Veterinarian Linda Lackman will explain what to expect in an emergency animal disease outbreak as the keynote speaker of the annual Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture event Nov. 5-6.
Lackman is emergency coordinator at USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Jefferson City. “Dr. Lackman is passionate about the importance of biosecurity and will be presenting on Secure Food Supply Plans,” says Corinne Bromfield, University of Missouri Extension swine veterinarian.
Lackman is a 2001 graduate of University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She was in mixed animal practitioner in rural Missouri for 19 years before joining the USDA in 2020. She, her husband and five children live on a farm in St. Thomas, Missouri, where they have cattle, horses and hair sheep.
University of Missouri Extension coordinates the event that begins with a tour of the Brinker family farm operations of Auxvasse. Bromfield says participants will learn about biosecurity measures the family pork group uses to keep hogs healthy, safe and profitable.
On Nov. 6, participants return to the MU campus to rotate through three breakout sessions.
The Pearls of Production team will give practical protocols to prevent diseases in livestock operations. Participants will use maps of their own farms to develop biosecurity plans.
During a “Bovine Telehealth” session, participants will learn how to communicate with the veterinarian when time, weather or other circumstances prevent the veterinarian from making a farm visit. The MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab staff will tell how to communicate symptoms, take temperatures and collect samples, as well as what animal history helps the veterinarian during a telehealth session.
Participants also can tour MU’s food animal clinic to see a foot table, tub, and chute system and learn about updated tagging requirements. They will hear about new research to improve treatment decisions on the farm.
Register by Oct. 26 to enter a drawing for a stethoscope. Find a full agenda at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/2021-pearls-of-production-women-in-agriculture-conference.
For more information, go to Pearls of Production’s Facebook page or contact Bromfield at email@example.com or 573-882-8181.