What is biosecurity?
Management practices that reduce the chances that infectious disease will be carried onto or spread from or within a farm.
Putting preventive measures in place to keep animals healthy has been a long-standing and successful practice on Canadian farms. These measures form a biosecurity plan. A biosecurity plan should address how you manage animal, vehicle and human access on the farm; animal health; and operations.
Does the equine industry face a high biosecurity risk?
Yes. Because the activity of horse farms can be very high the horse industry needs to take every possible step to decrease the biosecurity risk.
Biosecurity links and resources
By following biosecurity principles and working with a veterinarian you can play a significant role in keeping your animals and your industry as healthy as possible.
- Canadian Food Food Inspection Agency - Biosecurity
- Alberta Equestrian Federation - Biosecurity
- Equine Guelph - Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator