In 2012, Dairy Farmers of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the completion of the National Standard for Biosecurity on dairy farms. With this module, farmers work in collaboration with their veterinarians to reduce risks of introducing existing and emerging animal diseases to a particular farm, or to control diseases if need be. Doing so will not only improve the overall health of Canadian herds but also farm productivity, a key factor of sustainability.
Prevention is key but it is also important to have plans and procedures in place to help control risks and hazards if needed. These questions can help validate biosecurity standards on the farm through self-declaration or through an independent validator. Validation will begin in September 2019.
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Animal Health Management
1. In the past two years, have you completed the biosecurity risk assessment with your veterinarian to identify and address biosecurity risks on your farm?
2. Do you record disease events for, at minimum, cows with these signs (abortion, lameness, mastitis, diarrhea, pneumonia, death) and calves with these signs (diarrhea, pneumonia, death)?
3. Have you established and implemented an SOP, in consultation with your veterinarian, for vaccinating against specific diseases of concern?
Cattle Additions and Movement
4. Have you established and implemented an SOP, in consultation with your veterinarian, to prevent the introduction of infectious diseases when bringing new cattle into your facilities from other herds?
5. Have your established and implemented an SOP, in consultation with your veterinarian, to prevent the introduction of infectious diseases by cattle returning to your facilities from other herds, cattle shows, etc.?
Personnel, Visitors, Vehicles and Equipment
6. Have you established and implemented an SOP, in consultation with your veterinarian, to prevent the introduction of infectious diseases by family, employees, farm visitors and service providers?
7. Do you have signage posted on the main access point to the farm, which is visible from the main parking area?