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Biosecurity rules for farm staff and visitors

By Inger Morthorst Møller, on behalf of DanBred. In previous articles, we have reviewed how we avoid getting unwanted infection into the herd, but it is also obvious that we cannot keep a farm completely sealed. Therefore, thorough and clear rules for farm staff and visitors to the herd must be introduced, complied with, and controlled. Visit protocol In many farms, it is standard practice that the visitors sign a visitor logbook, in which their last visited herd is noted, the date, and possibly known diseases/SPF-status in the herd. In that way, it might be easier to explain a new …

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Bridging the physical and virtual worlds

DanBred is leaping into the digital era as one of the first pig breeding companies to introduce Augmented Reality Remote Assistance (ARRA). This technology will enable farm management to visually collaborate with people outside of the farm without any physical interaction – increasing biosecurity, decreasing the amount of travel needed, strengthening collaborations, and generally improving efficiency!   DanBred is always working on new innovative solutions to improve biosecurity. One of the solutions we have been focusing on, is to limit the spread of infections by limiting the amount of people visiting multiple herds. When COVID-19 put a stop to travelling, …

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Avoiding the spread of viruses – Internal Biosecurity

By Inger Morthorst Møller, on behalf of DanBred. Where external biosecurity is all about protecting the production from introducing pathogens into the herd, internal biosecurity is about reducing or avoiding the spread of bacteria and viruses between age groups for pathogens that are already present within the production. The ever-growing herd sizes place greater demands on the procedures within and organization of the herds. When many animals are housed in the same location, the infection pressure can increase, and the animals’ immunity can be impaired, which leads to an outbreak of disease – however, a few simple measures can reduce …

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The advantage of a correct vaccination setup

By Inger Morthorst Møller, on behalf of DanBred. Vaccines are extremely important aids for preventing diseases and the economic losses associated with disease outbreaks in modern pig production. Still, it is important to understand that vaccines and vaccination programmes must be carefully planned and professionally handled with attention and precision to achieve the full benefit. The article will describe the background for vaccinations and how this is best handled also in the unlikely event that a mistake happens.   What is a vaccine? A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. Thus, …

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Keeping a high health status – External biosecurity

By Inger Morthorst Møller, on behalf of DanBred. As breeders, one of the worst nightmares is to get an infection with swine disease like Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), Enzootic Pneumonia (EP), or Pleuropneumonia (APP) into the farm. Any disease has negative health and economic consequences. The possibility of selling stock will decline and the animal will be less attractive on the market. Therefore, the incentive to keep high biosecurity should be a priority. Pig diseases have different routes of infection. Some diseases such as PRRS, EP, and APP are airborne diseases, which means that bacteria and viruses can …

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External biosecurity – focus on African Swine Fever

By Inger Morthorst Møller, on behalf of DanBred. African Swine Fever (ASF) has been spreading from the eastern part of the European continent since it was introduced in Georgia in 2007. Most commercial farms in eastern European countries have already learned to live with ASF outside of their farm, but now it is time for all western European countries to have a focus on external biosecurity. We have to remember that the aim of good and proper biosecurity is not only to keep ASF out of the herd but actually to keep any disease out of the herd to reduce …

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