Healthy Farms - Healthy Agriculture
General Farm Biosecurity Practices—
Pen/Hutch Use and Disinfection
- Use maternity pens only for birthing animals.
- Move pregnant animals to clean pastures or paddocks prior to birthing.
- Use sick pens only for sick animals
- Segregate sick animals and prevent animal-to-animal contact between sick pens and maternity pens.
- Provide a clean environment for birthing. In cattle, this is important to prevent the spread of Johne's disease and Salmonella, calf scours, and fresh cow mastitis.
- Clean all manure from the pens after use.
- Disinfect the walls and floors after use.
- Allow the pens to dry after disinfection.
- Bed the pens before the next animal enters.
- Remove all bedding.
- Remove sidewalls, gates, hog wire, if applicable.
- Power wash or steam clean all wood, metal, or concrete surfaces.
- Note: ammonia compounds should not be mixed with chlorine. The combination releases a harmful gas; acid compounds mixed with chlorine release toxic chlorine gas.
- The hot water or steam will inactivate most pathogens.
- Protect yourself from aerosolized material; wear goggles and a respirator.
- Rinse with a chlorine solution for additional sanitization.
- If a high-temperature pressure washer is not available, scrub all surfaces with detergent, rinse, and rinse again with a chlorine solution.
- Let dry before bedding for next use.
Last modified October 06 2010 09:14 PM