University of Vermont

Healthy Farms - Healthy Agriculture

goat photo by Krista Cheney, link to home page

General Farm Biosecurity Practices—
Facility Maintenance


  • Replace fly tape, if necessary.
  • Be aware of hiding and denning places for rodents. Set baits or traps accordingly. Use caution if dogs access same area.
  • Inspect and repair holes in buildings to prevent rodents from living there.
  • Remove piles of boards, wood, or other junk.
  • Check for rain and storm water damage.
  • Identify and correct manure runoff problems.
  • Remove standing water, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Prevent standing water on the ground near water systems in pastures.
  • Check fences along farm and pasture perimeters; repair any damage. Use electric fence wherever possible, if appropriate.
  • Make changes to bird detractors and fly tape or other control methods as needed.
  • Replace bird netting where needed and change bird detractors so that birds do not ignore their presence.

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