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.

Rodent Control in Livestock and Poultry Facilities (OMAFRA)

National Biosecurity Standards and Principles for Livestock and Poultry Sectors (CFIA)

National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard (Canadian Pork Council)

Assess the Risks on Your Farm – Biosecurity Checklist (CFIA)

Committed to Quality & Good Farming Practices, Ontario Poultry Industry Biosecurity Instructions (Chicken and Egg Farmers of Ontario)

Biosecurity Checklist for Poultry (Perennia)

Biosecurity for Small Poultry Flocks (Perennia)

Deadstock Disposal Options for On-Farm (OMAFRA)

Biosecurity for Small Scale Livestock Production (Perennia)

Biosecurity for Mink Ranches (Perennia)

Manure Management Through Composting (NS Federation of Agriculture)

On-Farm Livestock Mortality Management (NS Federation of Agriculture)

Composting Mortality (Cornell)

Farm Biosecurity Australia

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.

Compost – Basics of On-Farm Composting (Government of New Brunswick)

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.

Biosecure Barn Layout

Bird Control on Livestock Operations

Cleaning out Livestock Trailers

Complete Barn Clean-Out

Darkling Beetle Control on Livestock Operations

Livestock Fencing

Fly Control on Livestock Operations

Lice, Mites, Fleas, Ticks in Livestock

Lice and Mites in Poultry

Reducing Risk when Moving Livestock

All in/All out Production

Containment of Livestock

Feed Handling

Farm Animal Health Management

Health Monitoring in Animals

Handling and Disposal of Mortalities – Small Livestock


Biosecure Farm Site and Layout

On-Farm Water Management Related to Biosecurity

Controlled and Restricted Access

Identifying Potential Farm Site Cross Contamination Areas

Controlling Flow



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.

Staying Biosecure Off-Farm

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.

Rodent Control

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.

Tips for Signage

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

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.

Tips for traffic on and off farm

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.