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.

Thermal decontamination of animal transport trucks: DrySist

Biosecurity on a dairy farm

Assessing Biosecurity with Biocheck

517 The participatory support approach applied to biosecurity in poultry farming : Teaching of an “initial diagnosis” step (Research report; Rousset, et al. 2020)

515 PULSE by ITAVI (Farm Innovation)

514 PULSE by ITAVI (Farm Innovation)

512 PULSE by ITAVI (Farm Innovation)

494 – What are the needs for education and professional training of livestock farmers and their advisors for an integrated management of health (Research paper – Manoli – 2020)

492 – Concomitant vaccination of cows and awareness to colostrum distribution positive impacts on veal calves strength (Research paper – Mounaix – 2020)

429 DRYSIST by OPP Group & Castañe (Industry Innovation)

428 Cadavers hydrolisis by Biosecuritas (Industry Innovation)

Hoof trimming in dairy cows

Biosecurity measures on Pig Farms

Best Practice Guide: External biosecurity

Best Practice Guide: Internal Biosecurity

364 LalFilm PRO by by Lallemand (Industry Innovation)

333- Preliminary study of the effect of sow washing as performed on the farm on livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin status of the sow’s skin or nares (Research paper – Verhegghe – 2013)

329 – Comparison of competitive exclusion with classical cleaning and disinfection on bacterial load in pig nursery units (Research paper – Luyckx – 2016)

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

322 – Antimicrobial Resistance on Farms – A Review Including Biosecurity and the Potential Role of Disinfectants in Resistance Selection (Research paper – Davies – 2019)

316 – Effects of Reducing Antimicrobial Use and Applying a Cleaning and Disinfection Program in veal calve farming (Research paper – Dorado-Garcia – 2015

271 – Control of environmental conditions during a long wait for the day-old chick at the hatchery before breeding – What are the impacts on the quality and (Research paper – Puterflam – 2019)

221 Key actors in driving behavioural change in relation to on-farm biosecurity – A Northern Ireland perspective (Research paper – Lahuerta-Marin, 2018)

218 – Network analysis of cattle and pig movements in Sweden – Measures relevant for disease control and risk based surveillance (Research paper – Noremark – 2011)

216 – A novel method to identify herds with an increased probability of disease introduction due to animal trade (Research paper – Frossling – 2014)

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

203 – Behaviour of planktonic bacteria and those present in the structure of biofilms in relation to the action of some biocides (Research paper – Dumitru – 2018)

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

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

173 BVD fact sheet by BVD Free England (Industry Innovation)

170 Limited association between disinfectant use and either antibiotic or disinfectant susceptibility of Escherichia coli in both poultry and pig husbandry (Research paper – Maertens, 2019)

167 Evaluation of the relationship between the biosecurity status production parameters herd characteristics and antimicrobial usage in farrow-to-finish pig Research paper – Postma, 2016)

166 The biosecurity status and its associations with production and management characteristics in farrow-to-finish pig herds Research paper – Postma, 2016)

162 Alternatives to the use of antimicrobial agents in pig production_ A multi-country expert-ranking of perceived effectiveness feasibility and return (Research paper – Postma, 2015)

159 Pig cattle and poultry farmers with a known interest in research have comparable perspectives on disease prevention and on-farm biosecurity (Research paper – Laanen, 2014)

150 Biocheck Ugent – A quantitative tool to measure biosecurity at broiler farms and the relationship with technical performance and antimicrobial use (Research paper – Gelaude, 2014)

148 Review of transmission routes of 24 infectious diseases preventable by biosecurity measures and comparison of the implementation of these measures (Research paper – Filippitzi, 2018)

142 Using the Biocheck UGent scoring tool in Irish farrow-to-finish pig farms_ assessing biosecurity and its relation to productive performance (Research paper – Da Costa – 2019)

132 Application of multiblock modelling to identify key drivers for antimicrobial use in pig production in four European countries (Research paper – Collineau, 2018)

126 Biosecurity and animal disease management in organic and conventional Swedish dairy herds – A questionnaire study (Research paper; Emanuelson, 2018)

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

Risk factors for ESBL-producing Escherichia coli on pig farms: A longitudinal study in the context of reduced use of antimicrobials (Research paper; Dohmen, 2017)

51 Effects of Reducing Antimicrobial Use and Applying a Cleaning and Disinfection Program in Veal Calf Farming: Experiences from an Intervention Study to Control Livestock-Associated MRSA (Research paper; Dorado-Garcia, 2015)

43 PDCA by Inagro ILVO (Farm innovation)

37 The impact of dairy cows’ bedding material and its microbial content on the quality and safety of milk – A cross sectional study of UK farms (Research paper; Bradley, 2018)

33 Biosecurity video by ITAVI (Farm Innovation)

32 Biosecurity sheets by ITAVI (Farm Innovation)

22 PartAge by ITAVI (Farm Innovation)

11 PULSE by ITAVI (Tools & checklists)

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

WEBINAR: 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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