Danish farmers are on top of biosecurity to prevent endemic and emerging infectious diseases in livestock herds. What can South Africa learn from them? A recent article by Dairy Global discusses the findings of scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark who conducted face-to-face interviews relating to this topic with 16 dairy farmers. See a summary of some of the important points below:
- Most farmers stated that they had not purchased cattle from outside the herd for years, rather raising their own replacement heifers to maintain a closed herd status.
- Workflow was also important. Employees work with the youngest and healthy animals first then with adults and sick animals to manage the susceptibility of acquiring and spreading diseases.
- Visitors with frequent access to farm premises (veterinarians, inseminators, and animal transporters) use clean protective boots and clothes provided by them before entering the premises.