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Biosecurity in Practice - Production Animal Disease Risk Assessment Program


Production Animal Disease Risk Assessment Program (PADRAP)

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Production Animal Disease Risk Assessment Program (PADRAP) was initiated in 2006 by Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine to develop, manage and promote disease risk assessment tools. PADRAP is an epidemiologically-based initiative to help producers and veterinarians manage disease risks faced by North American swine industry.  It offers a set of risk assessment questionnaires, databases and reports for measuring and benchmarking disease risks.  There are currently two risk assessments available within PADRAP: Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) Risk Assessment for the Breeding Herd and PRRS Risk Assessment for Growing Pig Herd.  PADRAP is designed to easily accommodate risk assessments for other swine disease, other stages of production and even other species.  The PRRS Risk Assessment may be used:

  • To evaluate current biosecurity protocols and/or to develop new biosecurity protocols to avoid risk

  • To demonstrate improvement in biosecurity over time to help justify expenditure of resources on measures to improve biosecurity

  • As an aid in the decision to initiate a project to eliminate PRRS from a breeding herd site, or to identify modifiable risk factors in an effort to increase the likelihood that an elimination project will be successful long-term

  • As an aid in the decision to use a breeding herd site to produce genetic animals

  • As part of the due diligence process for purchases or contracting agreements

For complete details, please refer to the PADRAP website: