Healthy Farms - Healthy Agriculture
General Farm Biosecurity Practices—
- Clean and disinfect any equipment used on sick animals prior to use on healthy herd mates.
- Clean and disinfect dehorners, hoof knives, and clippers between animals.
- Use your own halters and clippers rather than borrowing them.
- Sanitize nursing bottles and buckets after each feeding.
- Wash farm clothing with detergents and bleach or washing soda. Provide on-farm laundry facilities for employees.
- Insist workers wash their hands before milking dairy animals and after working with sick animals. Nitrile gloves are recommended when frequent cleaning between animals is necessary.
- Insist workers wear protective plastic or rubber gloves when assisting with births.
- Keep visitor and service vehicles from driving over feed delivery or manure handling routes.
- Keep visiting vehicles out of areas accessible to livestock.
- Locate holding pens for animal pickups near the road and away from the barns or livestock areas.
- Use only clean, well-bedded trucks to move livestock to avoid introducing diseases and to avoid injuries during transport.
- Thoroughly wash and disinfect the inside, outside, and tires of livestock-hauling trucks or other implements of husbandry shared with neighbors.
Last modified October 06 2010 09:14 PM