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  proAction Biosecurity Pillar:
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Emma Strazhnik,
BC Dairy Policy & Research Manager
Biosecurity spotlight
The biosecurity pillar of the proAction program was introduced nationwide in September 2019. At the heart of the pillar requirements are several standard operating procedures (SOPs) and a risk assessment that each dairy producer completes with their herd veterinarian.
Industry relationships
The biosecurity pillar has also strengthened relationships within the industry - the BC Dairy proAction team has implemented annual meetings with equipment service providers and veterinarians across the province. One of the goals of these meetings is to promote producers’ own specific biosecurity procedures and to understand the needs of dairy service providers in complying with new requests and requirements.
The biosecurity pillar was designed with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to meet specific animal health and food safety goals. CFIA recognition enhances the value of the proAction program for producers, processors, and consumers. On a global scale, we have seen the devastation of infectious diseases in livestock industries. There has been a re-emergence of highly infectious bovine diseases such as BSE and Foot and Mouth Disease in recent history, and the ultimate goal of dairy biosecurity and traceability is to protect Canadian herds from facing the staggering losses that we have seen globally.
Get in touch
The majority of the requirements in the biosecurity pillar are validated through on-farm standard operating procedures (SOPs), showing that training and education on best management practices are powerful tools in managing risk and disease on Canadian dairy farms.
For training or questions about the biosecurity pillar or any other proAction pillar, please contact the BC Dairy proAction team at proaction@bcdairy.ca.
 The overall targets of the biosecurity pillar are:
• That dairy farmers work to prevent disease from
arriving on the farm.
• That dairy farmers are committed to cleanliness to safeguard animal health and minimize risk of disease.
• That the industry has a framework to enhance animal and herd health.
These three goals are achieved in a variety of ways, many of which BC Dairy producers have been implementing on their farms for years already, by ensuring that new and sick animals are segregated from the herd, or vaccinating animals and testing milk when necessary. However, the biosecurity pillar has encouraged a stronger relationship between producers and their herd veterinarians on these topics and beyond. More producers are considering what it means to have off-farm visitors in their barns, including managing service technicians, public tours, or regular on-farm family and staff.
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