IMPORTANCE OF BIOSECURITY
Beef producers have the responsibility to prevent and mitigate diseases from entering or spreading to operations that contain livestock.
Biosecurity is an important on-farm practice for beef producers to use on an ongoing basis. Biosecurity provides the tools necessary to manage and minimize animal movement risks (e.g. commingling and high risk susceptible animals), manage the movement of people and equipment, manage animal health practices such as nutrient management, and educate and document the activities of the operation.
Biosecurity is emerging as one of the most important issues facing trade and the international business community. There is a growing need for countries to establish biosecurity systems, either to meet obligations under international agreements (for example, in the environmental sector) or to take advantage of opportunities (for example, in the trade sector). Implementing biosecurity practices in the beef sector is a long-term approach that will require changes to on-farm behavior but will provide long-term benefits for both producers and consumers in terms of reduced disease incidents.
There are various tools and risk management practices that beef producers can apply to keep livestock healthy.
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), along with consultation from provincial beef organizations and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), developed a biosecurity standard which outlines the general practices and guidelines to implement biosecurity to control and reduce the risk and impacts of diseases in herds.
The beef biosecurity standard is voluntary, cost effective, and designed for on-farm application in operations of all types and sizes across Canada. The basics of the biosecurity standard are found in the producer guidebook developed by Manitoba Beef Producers.
If any producers are interested in biosecurity signage for their land, or for land they rent or lease such as Crown lands, MBP has created a template that producers can print off themselves or send to a sign company to have signs created. Please click the link below for the template and then save the PDF file.
MBP hosts free biosecurity workshops for producers. These workshops focus on helping beef producers prevent and mitigate diseases from entering or spreading to operations that contain livestock. The various tools and risk management practices that beef producers can apply to keep livestock healthy will be covered. Contact MBP for upcoming dates.