Farm and Livestock Biosecurity Protection
Animal biosecurity measures are at the forefront of livestock producers across the country. With the surge of animal disease reports dominating the headlines, livestock and poultry producers are doing everything they can to keep their livestock and poultry populations safe and disease free.
QC Supply, a leading supplier of products for the livestock and poultry industries has been spearheading preventative measures to help ensure livestock biosecurity. There has been a tremendous concern voiced from swine and poultry producers concerning biosecurity protection and the measures that are needed to address and help keep their operations safe.
These measures include:
- 1. ACCESS EVALUATION
Evaluating and restricting access to herds and flocks. Evaluation of who and what comes onto and leaves the farm will help in prioritizing risk of infection. Only direct animal caretakers should be in contact with animals if possible.
- 2. PREVENTION (Disinfect before you Infect)
Prevention starts at the driveway and continues through each area of your operation. Vehicles, animal handling equipment, animals and people can carry germs. If you travel to areas where other animals are present, ensure that you disinfect before you inadvertently infect.
Do not share your animal’s equipment with other farms. This includes injecting and drenching equipment, stalls, ropes, etc. If your equipment has been used by other animals, clean and disinfect it thoroughly.
If animals from different farms are using the same vehicle for transportation, the exterior and interior of the trailer or truck should be washed out and disinfected between each load of animals.
Ensuring your feed bins have secure lids will help in deterring wild birds and rodent contamination as well as cleaning out water troughs regularly and keeping them out from under areas where birds or bats perch. Foxes and other feral pests are a major biosecurity risk and preventative measures should be taken to eliminate contact.
- 3. CLEANING
Keep your operation clean. Soil, manure, saliva and organic material can carry disease. Washing your hands with soap and water before and after handling animals is one of the easiest biosecurity measures. Germs can be picked up and transfered on shoes, clothing and equipment from one place to another. Disinfect your shoes and clothing. Wear disposable boot covers, disposable coveralls and rubber gloves. Disinfecting door mats are recommended at all entrances and scrubbing your boots with a long handled brush and disinfectant are all good measures to help with your biosecurity protection program.
- 4. WARNING SIGNS
Know what to look for.
- Sudden death
- Lack of appetite
- Sores or ulcers
- Decrease in production such as eggs
- Swollen heads
- Head drooping or staggering
- Excessive salivating
- 5. Quarantine New Animals
New livestock and birds should be quarantined for one week before they are introduced to your existing animals. This will allow time for symptoms to show before infecting the rest of your herd or flock. The quarantine area should be separate from your existing herd or flock area.
- 6. Keep Records
Keep a detailed log of animals coming onto and leaving your property. This record should include where the animals came from, dates and I.D. markings. These records will assist in tracing animal movement in the event of a disease outbreak.
QC has put together a Biosecurity Protection Pack. This pack includes a sample of items that are imperative in maintaining your livestock biosecurity program. For more information on biosecurity protection give QC Supply a call at 800-433-6340. Our experts can assist you in implementing and continuing your biosecurity program.