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Biosecurity for Canadian Cervid Farms Producer Planning Guide
Chapter 2: Overview and use of the producer planning guide

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2.1 How to use the biosecurity guide

The National Standard provides guidelines and recommendations that may be implemented. The complex and variable nature of the cervid industry, regional differences, and other factors prevent the development of one set of specific guidelines and recommendations that are optimal for all cervid species and production systems.

The Producer Planning Guide accompanies the National Standard. This Guide identifies additional details and biosecurity intervention measures for producers to consider as they work to implement the National Standard on their farms. The National Standard and the Producer Planning Guide work together to provide an integrated framework for use by cervid producers.

2.2 Overview of the structure of the Producer Planning Guide

Both the National Standard and Producer Planning Guide consist of four sections, each relating to an on-farm biosecurity Principle.

  • Management of farm, facilities and equipment
  • Animal health management practices
  • Management of people
  • Written protocols and record-keeping

A general goal has been identified for each biosecurity principle. To support meeting the goals, target outcomes, organized by similar activities (strategies) have been developed to provide overall direction for reducing disease risks. The target outcome approach provides the flexibility for producers to design biosecurity plans that will work on their farms. Best practices for each target outcome provide practical guidance on how producers may achieve the desired result.

2.3 Disclaimer

This document is provided to producers for information purposes only.

Although the authors of this document have made efforts to ensure accuracy and completeness of this document, errors and omissions may have occurred. The authors of, and contributors to, this document, including their employees, accept no responsibility for any loss or damage sustained by any person and/or entity resulting from information contained in this document.

The authors of, and contributors to, this document including their employees, do not make any warranty, express or implied, and assume no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, reliability, completeness or usefulness of any information, product, or process in this Guide.

This document should not be relied upon to determine your legal obligations. If you wish to determine your legal obligations, you must consult the relevant law and you may wish to seek advice from a lawyer. In the event of a conflict between the information in this document and any applicable law, the law prevails.

The authors reserve the right to modify this document as required from time to time and without prior notice

The information in this document is current as of March 31, 2018. There may be new information, not included here, that could affect the information contained in this document.

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