National Farm-Level Biosecurity Planning Guide Proactive Management of Animal Resources
C) Developing Your Farm Biosecurity Plan
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Developing a biosecurity plan should be a team effort between the owner or producer and a veterinarian, with input from other sources. Establishing a practical farm biosecurity plan involves a rational risk assessment and careful planning to manage the targeted risks.
The following steps are typically involved in developing a farm-level biosecurity plan:
- identifying potential concerns or problems;
- evaluating who and what enters and exits a farm;
- determining the risk level for specific diseases of concern;
- evaluating how diseases could enter and spread within and off the farm;
- targeting diseases against which the biosecurity plan will operate;
- identifying preventative biosecurity measures that will manage or minimize the risk factors for a disease entry or spread;
- consulting federal, provincial, regional, and municipal regulations;
- setting limits and standards for your farm;
- establishing uptake of the plan; and
- implementing the biosecurity plan.
At a minimum, a biosecurity plan should focus on biosecurity interventions that minimize the following:
- the risk of entry of pathogens and pests into the animal production area;
- the risk of transmission between production units; and
- the risk of release of pathogens and pests from the farm.
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