Best Management Practices for Farm Personnel and Visitors
Vehicles and Equipment
- Arrive with clean and disinfected equipment and vehicle(s).
- Farms should designate parking areas for visitors that are away from livestock areas and close to the farm’s perimeter as possible.
- Avoid driving vehicle(s) through mud, manure or feedbunks on the farm premise.
- Clean and disinfect before or after leaving farm premise and before entrance to next farm.
Insist on clean footwear and clothing prior to entering farm or provide disposable boots and coveralls. Footwear should have a smooth non-porous surface for easy cleaning and disinfecting.
Have disposable, plastic boots on hand for those visitors that do not have footwear that can be disinfected.
Avoid animal contact completely if possible and minimize access to only necessary portions of the farm. Conversations and interactions should be held away from animal housing and management areas.
Use good hygiene to prevent movement of manure around the farm. Do not walk in manure and feedbunks (especially if footwear has become soiled).
Provide brushes, disinfectant, and boot wash areas or change disposable boots.
In general, start with youngstock and move toward adults to prevent contamination of youngstock areas with adult manure; however, any manure movement between groups should be minimized. Handle sick animals last if possible. If not possible, minimize exposure to healthy animals by cleaning clothing, boots, and equipment.
Communication of farm biosecurity and biocontainment procedures to visitors is basic to their success.
To create a disease prevention herd plan, consider enrolling in the NYS Cattle Health Assurance Program (NYSCHAP).