Dr. AJ Tarpon and Biosecurity for your Operation

(Dr. A.J. Tarpoff) What is biosecurity and how does it affect your operation? Biosecurity really comes down to preventing disease from coming onto your operation. There are many different facets a part of biosecurity, such as biocontainment. Biocontainment is actually mitigating disease on your own premise. There are a lot of different factors that go into, that you may be doing a lot of these preventative practices that really help your operation and keeping your animals’ decreased risk from getting disease. When it comes to biosecurity, it’s all about risk and understanding where that risk comes from and where you can actually mitigate these risks. It comes down to different practices that we do, and actually understanding that animal movement, whether coming into an operation or within an operation, can increase or decrease your risk to spread disease on any type of operation. What it comes to is some of these simple strategies. Things like quarantine. That word, really all it means is separation and isolation of animals at risk from spreading disease to the rest of the animals on your operation, or your home herd. The biggest thing with biosecurity is protecting that home herd. When we isolate animals, we have a bigger opportunity to manage at-risk animals, and we can actually do disease diagnostics to keep certain diseases like BVD, or Trich, or Lepto, any other diseases that are out there that we can keep those off our premise. It also gives us an opportunity to use our animal health products. We have some phenomenal vaccines that we can actually be preventative in keeping some of these diseases off our premise. Biosecurity and its importance in preventing disease, it all starts on-farm, by each one of the producers taking a step in ensuring that the biosecurity principles are being followed. That it ensures the health and well being of animals on your own farm, but it also manages risk going down further into the food chain, because at the end of the day, we are food producers. Starting on your own operation, all the way to a finished product, biosecurity is extremely important. To reiterate, there are many different avenues that the disease can enter your premise. Biosecurity is really thinking about that and managing that risk. Where diseases can come from? People can spread diseases to animals, equipment, tools, trucks and trailers, anything on an operation that’s leaving and coming, if used incorrectly, not cleaned and maintained, sanitized properly, all these can be risk to increase disease on your own premise. In review, a basic biosecurity, what it comes down to is the day-to-day operations, and the management tools that you utilize on your own operation, that help keep disease out of your premise, and help keep your animals healthy. There are a lot of these things that are common sense, that we do every day, and what this is it just brings to light the importance of your day-to-day operations.

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