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Biosecurity New Zealand have issued a guide called “Guidance on protecting your farm”. Below are the guidelines with respect to people and vehicles moving on and off the farm.

ON FARM BIOSECURITY PROTECTION MEASURES FOR PEOPLE AND VEHICLES

  • Thorough farm hygiene can reduce the risk of the disease entering your farm. Make sure that footwear, protective clothing and equipment that has been in contact with animals on other farms is not used on your farm or is properly cleaned and disinfected before use.
  • Vehicles coming on and off your farm should be confined to the tanker track or main access track. Use your own vehicles to transport visitors around your farm.
  • Keep tanker tracks as clean zones by not moving stock across the tanker track or allowing stock to graze the tanker track area. By doing this, any visiting vehicles, including the milk tanker will remain in a clean state.

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION

  • This is a two-step process. Disinfectants won’t work through dirt, so it is important to remove all visible dirt and dung from gear and vehicles that have been in contact with stock.
  • Once items are clean, use a disinfectant. It’s best to leave disinfectant on items for a few minutes – ten minutes is best.
  • Provide a foot bath (or disinfection mat) with disinfectant and a scrubbing brush for visitors to clean their boots when they come on and off the property.
  • Have clean hot water and soap available so visitors can effectively clean their hands and any equipment that they need to take off farm (e.g. vet’s equipment).

MORE INFORMATON:

The Biosecurity New Zealand website: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/