Biosecurity -- the future of farming?
As food producers, farmers are expected to produce milk, meat and other foods that are of top quality and also meet the demands of a discerning consumer who wants food to be produced in a sustainable way for the environment and the animals involved.
Animal health has a major role to play in promoting consumer confidence in Irish food and in attracting new customers for produce. All of this may seem a long way from the daily grind of milking, feeding and dosing animals but every farmer needs to pay close attention to the changing demands of animal health standards.
Not only will a focused animal health strategy protect the industry as a whole but it will also boost profits on each individual farm.
Animal Health Ireland (AHI) is a veritable mine of useful information for all farmers and produces dozens of leaflets on health topics which are free to download from www.animalhealthireland.ie.
Here, we take a look at what AHI has to say about one of the animal health buzzwords - 'biosecurity' and examine some diseases in more depth.
Threats to the health of your stock may come from both outside your farm and from within your farm. Protecting the health of animals on your farm by implementing simple preventative practices is called biosecurity.
There are two types of biosecurity practices. The first consists of actions you can take to reduce the risk of infectious disease coming into your farm and this is called bioexclusion.