A late 2019 article from The Pig Site noted that one of the most significant lessons to emerge from the world of farming biosecurity during the past year was that learning, modifying and adapting to new threats is a must. As one expert explained, “We need to understand that biosecurity is dynamic,” and mentioning such issues as PEDV and Seneca.
While industry experts have emphasized the fact that there is no one or single threat to biosecurity and that no single answer exists as to where gaps exist to allow biosecurity issues, there are identifiable sources. Changes to pigs’ external environment, non-compliance or failures in the transport protocols or fumigation processes, and feeding stations rate as some of the most vulnerable spots in the pig farm.
There are also such challenges as water sources, bedding issues, rodents and pests, and even stray animals that can all threaten biosecurity at the pig farm.
There are standard protocols from organizations like the FAO that indicate steps such as barriers and limits to create segregation from threats, disinfection that can destroy pathogens anywhere in the pig housing or farm area, and cleaning of equipment (feeders, vehicles, and tools) to eliminate risks. When partnered with premium systems and housing, these protocols can be continually implemented and even improved.
IDS Pigs specializes in cutting edge, bespoke pig housing that enables farmers of any production level to maintain the most rigid standards and guidelines. Because biosecurity threats are a non-stop issue that requires constant adaptation, it pays to utilize housing that works as a protective barrier and support network. This is precisely what farmers can anticipate when they invest in buildings, equipment, feeding and watering gear, and other systems from the team at IDS Pigs.