Effective Biosecurity Requires Team Effort

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Farmscape for October 6, 2022

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The CEO of Farm Health Guardian suggests effective biosecurity requires a team effort.
“Biosecurity: What’s New in Protecting Your Farm?” will be among the topics discussed as part of Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2022 set for November 15 and 16 in Saskatoon. Rob Hannam, the CEO of Farm Heath Guardian, suggests effective biosecurity is all about all of us working together.

Clip-Rob Hannam-Farm Heath Guardian:
We all know how important biosecurity but we’re people and it’s easy to lose sight of that. It’s hard to maintain your efforts on that day to day every day. But, if we look just on the horizon, whether it’s disease issues in certain provinces, there’s been PRRS issues or PED issues and those can be devastating and, if we look out just a little further, the whole sector has a significant risk of foreign animal diseases and I’m thinking about African Swine Fever. So, my talk will be about the future of biosecurity and new tools.
There’s two points. One I’ll make is about the network effect. When I think about biosecurity it’s really all of us in this together. We’re only as strong as the weakest link in our pork supply chain so it’s really about a network effect and working together and protecting the entire sector. The second point I’ll make is about digital tools. If I’m speaking with a producer and we’re talking about biosecurity the first thing to come to mind would be cleaning and disinfection and that’s right. Those are the things we should be considering. But we manage what we measure and if we start to measure biosecurity then we’ll start to do a better job at that.

Hannam says pork producers today do a fantastic job of measuring, tracking and managing feed intake and he suggests those same principles need to be applied to biosecurity.

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