Twelve tips for good biosecurity
The measures you can take to improve your biosecurity are numerous. Here, the measures have been split into two categories. First, we’ll explore the measures you can take to prevent diseases from entering your company. Second, we’ll list the measures that are focused on preventing diseases from spreading on your site.
Keeping diseases at bay
Potential adjustments to your infrastructure and fleet
If you want to ensure the biosecurity of everything that enters your company from the outside, it starts with your infrastructure. You can erect a fence and move your feed bins to the street side of your company (tip 1). Trucks with feed deliveries can then fill the bins from outside the fence. By limiting the access of trucks to your site, you eliminate an important source of contamination.
Farmers are increasingly deciding to reserve part of their fleet for “internal transport” within the confines of the site (tip 2). They drive only on the company’s “clean”, uncontaminated roads. The other part of the fleet is used for transportation outside of the company.
Procedure for new animals
The way you introduce new animals to the company can also be optimized with standard procedures. New animals can be held in quarantine until you can be sure they are healthy (tip 3).
Some livestock companies opt not to introduce any new groups while their existing groups are still growing (tip 4). They always start with a large group of new animals, and only introduce a new group of animals once the existing animals are fully grown and have left the site.
Protocol for visitors
Increasing numbers of farmers are installing shower rooms for visitors (tip 5). Visitors must also adhere to a pre-agreed protocol (tip 6). For example, visitors may be asked to avoid contact with the species of animal kept in the houses two days prior to a site visit.
Preventing diseases from spreading on your site
By having the right measures in place to prevent diseases entering your company from outside is the first step. However, it’s also important to have internal structures and guidelines in place.
Handling your day-to-day operations
As a pig farmer, you could opt to carry out your daily tasks in a logical order (tip 7)....
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