Biosecurity: a boon for dairy farm

Published on: 10/25/2018
Author/s : Amit Kumar Singh / M.Sc. LPM Scholar, ICAR-NDRI, Karnal, 132001.

Biosecurity means reducing chances of spread of infectious diseases at animal farm by animals or humans or by any other means. Biosecurity reduces the risk of infectious diseases at the farm. By management interventions we can do this. Presence of infectious agent in an environment where the animals reside, may lead to cause disease in them under favorable conditions. That’s why; it becomes...

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October 25, 2018

I do consider this new topic "biosecurity" an important as well as a reasonable and reliable one. The two headings dealt with:
1.The proper biosecurity management maintenance components ,
2. The effective biosecurity management methods
are well planned,arranged and presented .
The topic seems to cover all the pre-requisites factors that are crucially needed for efficient sanitation system, economic and optimum productive performance.

Thank you,

Dr. Khazel (MSc, Diploma, Ph.D. Animal Breeding and Genetics).

Ph.D. LPM Scholar
October 26, 2018
Khazel Aboud Musa Thanks for your valuable comments.
January 11, 2019
As a dairy farmer, the best way to protect yourself from biosecurity risks is to keep diseases, pests and weeds off your property. Always insist on a properly completed National Cattle Health Declaration and National Vendor Declaration when purchasing stock, offering cattle for sale, and when mandated by inter-state movement requirements. The Grazing Livestock Production contains additional advice for all grazing livestock property managers on sound on-farm biosecurity measures.

As a guide, short-term activities can:
• be planned and implemented within 12 months
• help your business comply with regulatory requirements
• be financially feasible in the short-term
• fit in with the time commitments of your enterprise. Long-term activities:
• are planned and implemented over more than one year
• need additional financial or personnel resources that are not currently available
• enhance the overall quality of service, aesthetics or administrative procedures.

A biosecurity action plan will help you identify and prioritise the implementation of biosecurity practices relevant to your property. When devising a plan for your farm, the biosecurity essentials are a good place to start. The essentials are:

• Farm inputs
• Farm outputs
• People, vehicles and equipment
• Production practices
• Ferals, pests & weeds
• Train, plan & record

Completing a self-assessment checklist will also help you to identify biosecurity strengths and weaknesses on your property. It might be helpful to have a map of your property to consider the best places to locate biosecurity zones or ‘check points’. This could include signs at entrances to the property, parking areas near the house or site office, where deliveries are picked-up or dropped-off in relation to storage facilities, vehicle wash down areas, existing roads or tracks for movement within the property. Think about what you can do to minimise the risk of introducing diseases, pest and weed seeds at each of the checkpoints. If you build your plan around daily, monthly or yearly farm routines, then biosecurity should become a habit. The actual management practices you choose to use will vary from site to site, depending on the size of your property(s), the physical facilities available and the day-to-day management of operations.
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