Safeguarding animal health is of paramount importance to any country’s economy and food supply. Livestock with a clean health status is an important requirement for a country to participate in global protein markets. There are several emerging and re-emerging animal diseases of concern that may affect the adequacy of the food supply for a growing world population and have huge implications for global trade and commerce.
The ongoing pandemic has yet again shed focus on cleaning and hygiene routines, and an effective disinfection regime is crucial at poultry and dairy farms. An effective biosecurity program and protocol is the need of the hour, and this involves training of farm staff at all levels for total awareness and action; this includes the management and the staff involved across the supply chain.
So, what is biosecurity? Biosecurity is being spoken about the world over today. It involves identifying and managing the risk of possible entry routes of infectious microorganisms and devising an effective plan of action to stop the spreading of diseases across farms.
What does it take to build a robust biosecurity program?
Know your weaknesses: To have a successful program, the farm management should always be conscious of the weaknesses of their farm. This way, the management saves time and resources, instead of adopting strategies and measures that will not tackle the primary reason for a biosecurity breach.
Tailor-fit to each individual: Biosecurity programs must be tailored to fit each farm as many variables will identify and determine which measures and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are necessary for the success of biosecurity programs for each farm.
Not taken as a high priority among end-users: It has been observed that biosecurity programs are often only taken into consideration when the risks are already high. This is too late on many occasions, as many sub-clinical cases of infection are already existent in the farm and usually lead to a disease outbreak within poultry and dairy flocks.
Inconsistent: This approach to biosecurity has proven its inconsistency, although being strict and considered ideal in many cases. The main issue here is that the farm operator, and sometimes the management, find it too constricting and theoretical, so they compromise and implement biosecurity measures slowly, believing that the intervention is unnecessary after an outbreak ends.
Vicious cycle: Soon enough, no biosecurity measures will be in action at all, at least until the stakes are high again; so the cycle continues. In many cases, this type of approach may lead to huge losses and possibly a loss of business. The solution to this inconsistency is having a two-degree biosecurity program, which consists of two levels that fit the risk level and ensure the continuity of the program.
So, if you want to ensure high standards of food safety and biosecurity in your poultry and dairy farm, then a program offered by Reza Hygiene is a go-to solution. They provide a holistic biosecurity program that has helped many major players in the region deliver nothing but the best.
Reza Hygiene is a one-stop provider of hygiene and cleaning solutions for all types of industry, especially within the complete food chain (from farm to fork), healthcare, hospitality, HoReCa, and commerce. Within the live animal sector, Reza Hygiene has introduced a world-leading biosecurity program for integrated farms. It offers effective protocols, utilising a complete range of chemical products, equipment, tools, and systems for integrated poultry farm biosecurity which conforms to the toughest international disinfection standards.
The Reza Hygiene group also helps dairy farmers maximise dairy operational efficiency, milk safety, and quality to produce safe, wholesome milk and dairy products. The company has partnered with the majority of the market-leading animal producers in the GCC including poultry, dairy, camel, and even shrimp farming projects.
All people involved with poultry and dairy farm production must be trained and constantly reminded about the importance of biosecurity. Continuing education and oversight are required to ensure that no breaches are occurring either through a lack of knowledge or neglect. Workers at all levels need to be constantly trained on the importance of biosecurity from the company owner to the people in the field. It is equally important for the workers to understand the goals of the biosecurity program and understand why actions are being taken, more likely to follow through on a day to day basis even when no one is observing.
Hotspots to watch out for
Biosecurity is closely related to profitability. By following good biosecurity practices, you have positive economic consequences, as the healthy flock is more productive. Biosecurity is an integrated approach not just for disinfection but also to include all the steps that must be taken for the protection of flocks from infection. The dairy and poultry farms have many hotspots that one needs to watch out for. With a holistic program like Reza’s tackling these hotspots can get a whole lot easier on the maintenance team.