Agric Chemicals Industry Newsletters Vol. 4
Biosecurity and Biological Risk Management for Livestock Enterprises
Biological risk management recognizes that animal diseases cannot be eliminated and livestock producers can manage disease risk through effective control measures.
Biological risk management is the overall process of awareness and education regarding the risk of infectious diseases entering or spreading through animal facility.
Its purpose is to help livestock producers understand the need for disease control and provide tools to minimize the risk.
Importance of Biosecurity and Bio Risk Management
- It helps to minimize the threat to animal health by protecting them from diseases through proper hygiene of people and equipment.
- It can help mitigate the economic consequences of a disease outbreak and stop the spread or cause of harm to animals, plants, human health and the environment.
- It helps to minimize the movement biological organisms and external threats within livestock.
Reasons to have a Biosecurity and Biological Risk Management Plan
- It prevents economic loss caused by production losses or premature animal
- It prevents the theft of livestock, machinery, tools and equipment
- It minimizes the disruption in cash ﬂow or loss of equity
Adegboye Janet - Ceo, Japhel Agro Services
Q. Kindly introduce your organisation.
Ans. Jafel Agro Services is a veterinary service that provides animal care and deals in the sales of drugs, vaccines, poultry equipment, additives, and agrochemicals.
Q. Please describe your business relationship with Cormart.
Ans. The relationship is good. We have been in business for a while, and the experience has been seamless.
Q. Please describe your customers’ experience with Cormart, and how it has improved your business.
Ans. Their experience, especially with the Vinkokill, is that the product is the best, readily available, and workable. My business has seen an increase in patronage since I added Vinkokill to my product range.
Q. Kindly share your experience collaborating with suppliers.
Ans. My experience with suppliers is good. I carefully research suppliers before partnering with them, even with Cormart. I look out for timely delivery, and Cormart does that.
Ans. What is your process for handling cost efficiency?
Ans. Every business runs a comparative cost analysis. The usual concern for customers is price, and we try to stay within an acceptable price range without compromising our stand on offering quality products to our customers.
Q. What business partnership with Cormart do you hope to see in the future?
Ans. We hope to become Cormart’s principal partner or distributor of biosecurity products. The industry is growing, and we need to meet the demands of the growth.
Product Spotlight: Aquasept1000®
Drinking Water Disinfectant
Aquasept1000® are effervescent tablets for the disinfection of livestock drinking water. The active ingredients is Sodium Troclosene (NaDCC). Each tablet will deliver 5 mg/l of available chlorine when dissolved in 1,000 litres of water.
- It has a double action by releasing chlorine to kill harmful
- It adjusts the acidity of the water, resulting in a slight increased acidic level in the gut of the livestock, which in turn activates stomach enzymes to promote more efﬁcient food
- It has been demonstrated in several ﬁeld trials to increase weight gain, reduce mortality rates, increase egg laying activity, and marginally increase egg size. In addition, an improvement in meat quality with a signiﬁcant reduction in salmonella incidences in the study of a pig farm.
Directions for use and dosage:
This can be varied to suit the water supply system, as follows:
- Small volume
- Central water supply with ﬁxed water
- Central water supply with ﬂowing
4 tablets of Aquasept1000® in 10-litre water equal to 2000 ppm. This will ensure that animal housing areas get a constant supply of safe potable water.
Add the required number of tablets to the volume of water to achieve the required concentration. After the recommended disinfection time, the water is free of microorganisms, and animals can drink the water.
Aquasept1000 ® can be used with commonly used auto-dosing systems based on a stock solution of up to 2000 ppm injected into ﬂowing water.
Technical Advice & Tips
Steps to Improve Biosecurity around Livestock
The primary goal of any biosecurity measure is to reduce the risk of spreading disease. There are highly effective steps that farmers can take to stop the spread of disease from one farm to another.
Clean up before visiting the farm: You should wear clean clothing to the farm. Before entry to the farm, PPEs such as disposable gloves, boots, or coveralls should be available.
This is important, especially if you will be around sick animals or in an area with manure.
Avoid unnecessary exposure to germs: Allow visitors to stay in a lower- risk area to avoid exposure to germs. Upon arrival, cars should be parked in a designated area close to the road.
Take precautions around vulnerable animals: If you must spend time around sick animals, ensure to visit them last before leaving the farm. This will reduce the spread of germs or pathogens from sick animals to healthy animals on the same farm.
Wash your hands: The most important thing to do to prevent the spread of contagious diseases is to wash your hands regularly. Hands get exposed to all sorts of bacteria and viruses on the farm. Washing your hands regularly is the best you can do to avoid contracting a contagious disease.
Leave germs behind when leaving the farm: Throw away any disposable protective clothing before leaving the farm. Put the dirty footwear and clothes into a bag or container to be washed or disinfected when you get home.