by Russ Nugent
Pork producers are an adaptive bunch, always on the lookout for new ideas and advancements, which is certainly the case when it comes on-farm biosecurity. Whether it’s establishing visitor protocols or creating a line of separation, biosecurity continues to evolve.
“On the farm, be sure biosecurity procedures are not only in place, but are well executed.”
Your veterinarian is key to helping you stay up to date with the latest biosecurity practices for your farm. Find someone you feel comfortable and confident with and allow them access to your facilities, records and business objectives. Not only will your veterinarian be essential in navigating the new feed-grade antibiotic process, your vet will help guide your herd’s health and productivity.
On the farm, be sure biosecurity procedures are not only in place, but are well executed. Don’t overlook the basics, such as well-maintained footbaths used correctly and clear clean/dirty farm entry lines. Yes, pathogens sometimes arrive in unexplained ways or are carried into a barn via wind. But often, people inadvertently drag pathogens to a site in a way that could have been prevented with simple, yet effective biosecurity procedures.
Pork producers have always done an excellent job of meeting on-farm challenges with their customers in mind. It’s important that we continue to take the necessary steps to keep our animals healthy and to provide safe, healthy, high-quality and nutritious pork products to our customers.