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On-farm biosecurity recommendations for managing deadstock

Biosecurity is a set of measures used to reduce the chance of the introduction and spread of disease causing organisms and pests.

Animals can remain infectious long after they have died. Any activity that involves the handling of dead animals and their bodily fluids is a biosecurity risk. Therefore, it is important to implement biosecurity measures to contain and transport deadstock.

Recommendations to mitigate the biosecurity risks associated with deadstock collection

Location of deadstock collection bins

To minimize the risk of contamination, deadstock collection bins are best located away from production units, at the edge of the high-risk work area. This will allow deadstock transporters access without entering the farm.

Dr. F Cardinal's illustration of a deadstock area located away from the production units on a farm.

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