Farm biosecurity involves a range of day-to-day practices that can help keep infectious diseases, pests and weeds off a property. These practices are often documented in a farm biosecurity plan.
There are two parts to a farm biosecurity plan:
- Measures to reduce the risk of introducing an infectious disease, pest or weed onto the property.
- Measures to reduce the risk of spreading an infectious disease, pest or weed within a property.
With an increasing number of pest and disease introductions into New Zealand over the last decade, farmers in New Zealand need to become more biosecurity aware to protect themselves and the rest of our rural community. Not only should we be aware of exotic disease introduction, but also of pre-existing diseases which are an ever-present threat to your farm’s animal welfare, productivity and profitability.
Some diseases, such as salmonella, leptospirosis and campylobacteriosis are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to people (you and your staff) causing potentially significant health risks. These need to be considered in your biosecurity plan along with considering the potential for the introduction of anti-bacterial or anthelmintic resistance.
Check out our online guide, and work with your vet www.anexa.co.nz/creating-a-biosecurity-plan-for-a-farm