If you are looking to learn more about how to better your farm’s biosecurity protocol, we have provided a list of excellent resources to look into.
Australia has extensive information on biosecurity practices for many different types of farms. Although some of the details and regulations aren’t applicable to Nova Scotia, there is plenty of information to get you thinking about different aspects of biosecurity.
The government of New Brunswick put together a factsheet outlining pertinent information, methods and recommendations for farmers who are interesting in composting. Composting is an effective way to break down organic materials into a product that can be used to improve crop land (source of nutrients and improved organic matter for example). It is important to follow correct procedures when composting to ensure the outcome is a high quality product free of pathogens.
Maintaining cleanliness and the structure of your facilities (buildings and property) will help prevent pests from becoming established on your farm. This factsheet will highlight some tips on maintaining your facilities in relation to biosecurity.
Humans can be carriers of pests via clothing, footwear, and vehicles. When traveling off farm or in the case that you must visit another farm consider these tips to prevent bringing pests back to your farm.
Rodents are attracted to sheltered facilities (such as barns and sheds), especially those which provide a potential food source. It is best to keep rodents in check as they will cause damage to property and can carry diseases. This sheet will provide tips on how to prevent rodent infestation on your farm.
Not everyone is aware of biosecurity protocols. Signage will help inform farm visitors and remind workers of what biosecurity measures are in place and where entry is restricted. This sheet will list some considerations when selecting or designing signage for biosecurity.
Tools and equipment that are not cleaned or sanitized properly between blocks/fields can transmit pests around your farm or to other farms. Refer to tips in this factsheet to learn how to prevent your equipment from being a source of contamination.
Pests can be transported on vehicles, which is why it’s important to understand and manage how traffic moves on and off your farm. Here you will find tips on how to manage traffic on and off your farm to reduce the chances of introducing and spreading pests.