National Farm-Level Biosecurity Planning Guide Proactive Management of Animal Resources
Appendix A: Farm-Level Biosecurity Checklist for Animals

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Section 1 Farm Location and Layout

1.1 Geography

A map of the property, including boundaries, roadways, waterways, buildings and production areas, is available.
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1.2 Layout

Cleaning and disinfection areas are appropriately located.
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Isolation or quarantine facilities are available.
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A perimeter fence or other boundary surrounds the property.
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A visible demarcated boundary surrounds the production area.
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1.3 Traffic Flow

Routes are defined and provide direction.
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Appropriate signs exist.
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Parking areas exist.
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Main entrance to the production area and premises can be secured.
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1.4 Landscape

Vegetation is managed.
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Natural drainage is effective.
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Section 2 Operational Routine

2.1 Biosecurity Zones

Controlled and restricted access zones are established.
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Entry and exit points are controlled.
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Appropriate signs exist.
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2.2 Movement of Employees and Visitors

Access to biosecurity zones is limited and controlled through controlled access points.
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Disposable dedicated outerwear and footwear are provided.
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Cleaning and disinfection occurs at production area entries and exits.
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Handwashing facilities are available.
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Biosecure workflow patterns are followed.
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Visitors are controlled and have limited access to production areas.
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Foreign visitors, employees, or family who have had contact with animals or farms outside Canada or the U.S. follow established biosecurity protocols.
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A visitor log is maintained.
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2.3 Movement of Vehicles and Equipment

Parking areas outside the production zone are available.
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Vehicles and equipment entering or exiting a biosecure zone are cleaned and disinfected.
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Only essential vehicles and equipment enter the production zones.
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There is no vehicle or equipment sharing between farms.
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Vehicles and equipment having direct contact with animals or their products are dedicated or cleaned and disinfected.
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Vehicle movement log is maintained.
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2.4 Construction and Maintenance of Facilities and Property

There is a written maintenance plan.
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Construction materials are easily cleaned and disinfected.
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Equipment, buildings, boundaries, and signs are in good repair.
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Standing water is removed or minimized.
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Entry of pests and wildlife is deterred.
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2.5 Animal Feed and Bedding

These are sourced from a quality-assured supplier.
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They are securely stored.
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2.6 Water

It meets potable standards for animal consumption.
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It is tested regularly.
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Water from natural or open sources is filtered and treated.
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2.7 Manure

There is a written management plan.
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Manure management adheres to regulatory guidelines.
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Removal, movement, and storage follow risk-reduction measures.
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The facility uses effective composting techniques.
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2.8 Disposal of Mortalities

There is a written management plan.
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Mortality management adheres to regulatory guidelines.
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Removal, movement, and storage follow risk-reduction measures.
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Mortalities are tested when appropriate.
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2.9 Pets, Pests, Weeds, Feral Animals and Wildlife

There is an integrated pest management program.
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Attractive environments are eliminated or reduced.
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Activity is monitored.
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Access to production areas is deterred.
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The presence of companion animals is restricted or controlled by the management plan.
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2.10 Cleaning and Disinfection

There is a written cleaning and disinfection program.
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Downtimes between production cycles are maximized.
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Cleaning and disinfection measures occur between production cycles, after isolation or quarantine, and disease occurrences.
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2.11 Planning and Training

A written, practical biosecurity plan has been developed in consultation with a veterinarian.
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The plan has been shared with family, employees, services, and neighbours.
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SOPs have been written for routine biosecurity protocols.
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Biosecurity training takes place.
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Section 3 Animal Health Management

3.1 Good Management Practices

A written biosecurity plan is in place.
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Staff are trained, knowledgeable, and experienced in noting signs of disease.
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Production health and movement records are maintained.
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The facility uses modern management practices.
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3.2 Observation and Evaluation

Livestock is observed and inspected daily.
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Trigger points for response are established.
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Health records are maintained.
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3.3 New and Returning Animals

Protocols are available for new and returning animals.
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New animals are sourced from reputable suppliers and are of a health status equivalent to or higher than that of resident animals.
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Screening tests and declarations are performed.
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New or returning animals are isolated for an appropriate time and are observed.
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3.4 Sick Animals

There are established protocols.
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Sick animals and their products are isolated or quarantined.
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Cause of disease is investigated by a veterinarian.
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3.5 Vaccination and Medication

There is a written animal health and welfare management plan.
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Records are maintained.
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Vaccines and medications are stored appropriately.
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Treatment is supervised by a veterinarian.
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3.6 Disease Response Plans

There is a written response plan.
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There are established trigger levels for response.
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The plan is available and understood by family and employees.
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