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The National Sheep Producer Biosecurity Planning Guide
Appendix 1: Allied Programs and Resources

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When thinking about biosecurity plans for your farm, you will have the opportunity to refer to a number of complementary programs, for example:

  1. The Food Safe Farm Practices Program is supported by the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF), and details are available from CSF;
  2. Flock health plans, that may be developed for each farm in consultation with a flock veterinarian; CSF also has a suite of flock health materials, including
    • Promotion of disease prevention programs
    • Encouragement to develop veterinary-client relationships
    • Education for the industry on optimum health management practices and disease control options

    Information is available on these programs from the CSF website and from:

  3. Animal Welfare concerns and requirements, both in production and in transport;
  4. Environmental farm plans, especially with respect to land use, manure management and water; and
  5. Traceability programs, in particular the Canadian Sheep Identification Program; information is available from CSF

It makes sense for you to consider these concerns together while developing your farm's biosecurity plan, since there are links between them. The diagram below illustrates the relationships among several of the on-farm programs and common areas of concern.

On-farm program links. Description follows.

On-farm program links: The diagram illustrates the relationships among several of the on-farm programs and common areas of concern. When developing a biosecurity plan, the flock health plan and programs related to animal welfare and on-farm food safety should be considered. The existing biosecurity practices from the on-farm food safety program are beneficial to the biosecurity plan. There is also a common area between a biosecurity plan and an animal welfare program, which is the disease exposure. The common area between an animal welfare program and a flock health plan is the health and well-being of the animals. Contaminants are the common area between a flock health plan and an on-farm food safety program. The common area between all these programs is the disease prevention.

In addition to those illustrated, management of manure from the sheep operation and deadstock management on-farm as covered in your Environmental Farm Plan will have some activities in common with the biosecurity plan, such as how they are disposed of and their potential role in transmission of diseases. In fact, all of the practices that are designed to achieve the goals of the individual plans are ultimately Good Production Practices themselves. Traceability methods will be used to identify your sheep and their movement from place to place, allowing linkage to all of these programs. Consistency among the practices in these programs should be part of your biosecurity planning.

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