The best way to put disease avoidance into practice and reap the benefits is by developing a health and biosecurity plan for your farm.
Health planning involves careful consideration and forward planning. This means looking closely at the general health and productivity of your animals and at your farm biosecurity. It involves keeping accurate farm records and considering how your farm is managed throughout the year.
A health and biosecurity plan reassures other people by:
A health and biosecurity plan should be drawn up by your vet, who knows:
The plan should be active, practical and realistic for you and your farm.
Contents of a health plan
A health plan will be developed by your vet to capture:
A biosecurity plan should be developed by your vet and will be specific to your farm. It forms an important part of the health plan and focuses on disease avoidance.
A biosecurity plan helps you understand and prioritise:
Your vet will help you to use the biosecurity plan to create a realistic, prioritised programme of activities. For example, your vet may suggest two national priorities such as Bovine TB and BVD, then two other priorities specific to your farm.
Using health and biosecurity plans
Points to consider when using a health and biosecurity plan.
Help with health plans
The SAHPS (Animal Health Planning System) is a web-based software developed by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to support vets and farmers involved in flock and herd health planning. The system is funded by the Scottish Government and it is free for Scottish farmers and vet practices.