Biosecurity for Your Farm

Biosecurity for Your Farm‘Biosecurity’ is the reduction of potential infectious disease outbreak risks, both within our own herds and farms and to prevent it from spreading to others. There are many things the farm owner and horse owner need to do to maintain biosecurity, including traffic control, education and maintaining a clean environment.

• Designate footwear to be worn only on your farm and different footwear for visiting other farms, change clothing when handling animals from different locations
• Eliminate standing water from your property and keep water tubs clean
• Separate horses for feeding and supply individual buckets for feed, especially when away from home in the company of other horses
• When away from your farm, do not allow your horses to drink from ‘public water supplies’. When you return, follow an isolation /quarantine protocol before joining the herd again
• Assign each horse his own halter, lead, grooming equipment and tack
• Thoroughly wash and disinfect equipment shared between different farms, especially if there are sick horses
• Work with your veterinarian to establish a herd health protocol to include regular Coggin’s testing, vaccination according to risk and deworming
• Only use your own equipment, buckets and feed and don’t let your horse touch other horses when away from home
• When new horses come to your farm, require current negative Coggin’s test and appropriate vaccination and deworming history
• All new horses should be isolated/quarantined so they cannot pass bodily fluids with other horses on the farm. New vaccinations and deworming, as well as any other preventative medical steps, should be performed while in quarantine
• Isolated horses should be handled last, only after the resident horses for the farm
• If horses become sick, isolate them from other horses on the farm. Work with your veterinarian to establish treatment and quarantine procedures. Tend to sick horses last and change clothing/shower before returning to healthy horses
• Stay up-to-date on any current equine disease outbreaks and communicate with your veterinarian and other horse owners on the best steps to keep your horses healthy

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