To strengthen biosecurity on cattle farms, the Canadian government has published a new standard outlining best practices.
The Canadian Beef Cattle On-farm Biosecurity Standard was developed in collaboration with cattle producers and industry officials, and outlines ways to reduce disease.
Although not a mandatory standard, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said adhering to the standard can “reduce the risk and impacts of endemic diseases and of an emerging disease or foreign animal disease in the Canadian herd.”
The standard has four parts:
- Managing and minimizing animal movement risks
- Managing the movement of people, vehicles, equipment and tools
- Managing animal health practices
- Biosecurity knowledge and training of personnel on the operation’s biosecurity plan.
Biosecurity is generally controlling the spread of disease by controlling the spread of bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens.
This most often is done through the use of rodenticides, disinfectants and cleaners and restrictions on the movement of livestock, personnel and equipment.
The full text of the document is available on request. To order a copy, visit the CFIA’s website here.