Development and Use of a Survey Tool to Determine the Efficacy of Livestock Truck Washes in Iowa

  • Amber M. Danielson (Iowa State University)
  • Anna K. Johnson (Iowa State University)
  • Kenneth J. Stalder (Iowa State University)
  • Rodney B. Baker (Iowa State University)
  • Troy Bigelow (United States Department of Agriculture)
  • Daniel S. Andersen (Iowa State University)


The transmission of disease among livestock farms could be addressed by the efficiency of truck washes to clean and disinfect trailers used for transporting animals. Collecting swab samples from trailers and cabs of identified truck wash trailers will help to determine the proper procedures and steps needed to reduce the transmission of disease. Truck washes in the state of Iowa were identified and invited to participate in a questionnaire that will provide helpful information for this research. The main goals of this study are to 1) determine the areas in the truck washing process that pose a high risk to transmit disease, and 2) to identify the location of current livestock truck washes and their capability in the event that some disease outbreak requires their involvement.

This survey tool could help to provide necessary information in order to determine which service methods are best for reducing back contamination and the spread of disease among livestock herds. Determining what locations would be beneficial in collecting samples will be easier overall when the surveys are completed.

Keywords: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, ASL R3024, Animal Science, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine

How to Cite:

Danielson, A. M., Johnson, A. K., Stalder, K. J., Baker, R. B., Bigelow, T. & Andersen, D. S., (2015) “Development and Use of a Survey Tool to Determine the Efficacy of Livestock Truck Washes in Iowa”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 12(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-1340

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Published on
01 Jan 2015
Peer Reviewed