10 Step Guide to Implementing an Effective Biosecurity Plan

Implementing any of these suggestions will reduce the risk of disease entry.
Each additional step implemented will further reduce biosecurity risks.

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  1. Quarantine replacement stock, or at least ensure that their health status is compatible with the existing herd.

 

  1. Restrict entry to essential personnel and record entry.

 

  1. Provide boots and coveralls for staff and visitors for each barn.

 

  1. Staff should change into dedicated boots and coveralls upon entering each different barn. Clean footbaths may be appropriate within a barn for different rooms.

 

  1. Provide shower facilities for visitors.

 

  1. Minimise entry of equipment, supplies etc. and take appropriate precautions such as disinfection, removal from shipping boxes etc.

 

  1. Prevent entry by wild animals (rats, birds, insects) or pets (dogs, cats). Use screens in windows, air inlets, doors etc.

 

  1. Use a semen supplier that routinely tests for PRRS virus and other infectious agents etc.

 

  1. Ensure that feed and water sources are free from infectious agents.

 

10. Review your biosecurity plan and herd health program, including      vaccination protocols, with your veterinarian on a regular basis.

 

Biosecurity "Stop" signs suitable for entries are available for download and printing. For more information visit the OMAFRA livestock web site or call our Agricultural Information Contact Centre at: 1-877-424-1300.


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Jaydee Smith - Swine Production Systems Program Lead/OMAFRA
Creation Date: 01 September 2005
Last Reviewed: 01 September 2005