A TASAH-funded review of herd biosecurity, delivered by a trained veterinary practitioner, is available to all commercial pig units.
The review will follow a standard approach (Biocheck; Ghent University) to assess both bioexclusion (external biosecurity; measures to prevent disease entering a unit) and biocontainment (internal biosecurity; measures to prevent disease spreading within a unit) under the following headings:
- Purchase of animals and semen
- Transport of animals, remova of manure and dead animals
- Feed, water and equipment supply
- Personnel and visitors
- Vermin and bird control
- Environment and region
- Disease management
- Farrowing and suckling period
- Nursery Unit
- Fattening Unit
- Measures between compartments and the use of equipment
- Cleaning and disinfection
As part of the review, up to three achievable measures to improve biosecurity will be agreed for implementation, with a farm-level report provided.
Over time, the information will also be used to allow units to bench mark their bioexclusion and biocontainment scores and sub-scores against other units on an anonymised basis. Periodic repeating of the review will also allow progress over time to be measured.
To request a Biosecurity Review, please contact a trained veterinary practitioner or Animal Health Ireland.