To be effective, your biosecurity plan must extend to outside service providers.
Everyone who provides labor, management, products or service to your dairy plays a role in helping you manage biosecurity, says Charlie Elrod, coordinator of the New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program.
Here are some of the key features of a biosecurity program that Elrod helped develop for a leading AI company:
- Use one glove per cow.
- Disinfect boots at each stop or visit and between each age group on the farm.
- Clean kits and equipment.
- Wear clean uniforms daily. Carry spare, clean coveralls.
- Promote the use of AI in order to reduce the use of bulls.
- Do not drive in feed alleys.
- Properly dispose of used gloves.
Use this list as an example. Talk to your service providers about what kind of biosecurity measures you want them to use while on your dairy.