Biosecurity measures help to prevent the entry and spread of infectious diseases on farms. Good biosecurity can help improve animal health and productivity and prevent costly disease outbreaks on farms.

Diseases are caused by pathogens (e.g. bacteria, viruses) which spread by direct or indirect contact or transmission. Direct transmission occurs through contact between animals, between animals and people, droplets from sneezing or coughing, and bodily fluids. Indirect transmission can occur from contaminated machinery, equipment and tools, feed and water, and pest or insect vectors. These mechanisms for disease spread can be interrupted by using appropriate biosecurity measures to protect the health and wellbeing of the animals on your farm. Good biosecurity measures and protocols form a solid foundation for a high health system and a productive farm.

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Biosecurity measures in Pig Farms

364 Industry Innovation – LalFilm PRO by by Lallemand

328 Research paper – Luyckx – 2016 – A 10-day vacancy period after cleaning and disinfection has no effect on the bacterial load in pig nursery units

221 Research paper – Lahuerta-Marin – 2018 – Key actors in driving behavioural change in relation to on-farm biosecurity_ a Northern Ireland perspective

211 Research paper – Simon-Griffe – 2013 – Biosecurity Practices in Spanish Pig Herds_ Perceptions of Farmers and Veterinarians of the Most Important Biosecurity Measures

177 Research paper – Rojo-Gimeno – 2016 – Farm-economic analysis of reducing antimicrobial use whilst adopting improved management strategies on farrow-to-finish pig farms

176 Research paper – Raasch – 2018 – Association between antimicrobial usage biosecurity measures as well as farm performance in German farrow-to-finish farms

173 Industry Innovation – BVD fact sheet by BVD Free England

Bring out slurry and manure – but avoid spreading of pathogens

Internal Biosecurity on Pig Breeding Farms

HACCP based biosecurity plan for a laying hen farm

Biosecurity measures on poultry farms

Sheep wellbeing – a holistic approach to management

Best practice recommendations regarding biosecurity and boars

Best practice recommendations regarding cleaning and disinfection

Best practice recommendations regarding entrance control

 Carcass disposal using an exchangeable storage system

Biosecurity on a farrow-to-finish farm

Preventing streptococcal infections 

Buying a sheep without health hazards

Handling of dead animals: Hydrolysis

Role of biosecurity in small-scale broiler chicken production

Purchasing policy and quarantine of breeding gilts

The prevention and control of mastitis in sheep

Principles of Biosecurity and Biocheck.UGent

Cleaning and disinfecting on poultry, pig and dairy farms

How to use a hygiene lock

Pest prevention on poultry, pig and dairy farms

The right working method: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 817591