The Standard was developed through a partnership of the Canadian National Goat Federation (CNGF) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). An advisory committee made up of producers, along with representatives from regional and sector-specific goat industry organizations, colleges and universities, and the public sector, provided invaluable guidance throughout the process.
The Standard is a useful tool for goat producers when developing and implementing on-farm biosecurity plans. It contains a set of recommendations that can be adapted to the needs of each farm to raise its current level of biosecurity.
Why is biosecurity important?
Animal health management has undergone significant change in recent years, influenced by:
- greater understanding of the risk of new and emerging pathogens,
- increased awareness of zoonoses and concern for public health,
- changing epidemiology of disease, due to the concentration and commingling of animals and people in more intensive farming situations,
- new production practices in agriculture, including farm specialization,
- globalization, increasing movement of people and goods,
- opportunities to sell to additional markets, both in Canada and internationally, and
- more attention to traceability and the ability to identify product attributes and production conditions along supply chains.
As a result, using a proactive approach as the first line of defence in animal health is more important now than ever before. Livestock industries have therefore started to shift their focus to disease prevention and on-farm biosecurity.
Clearly, biosecurity is important not only for improving animal health on the farm, but also for strengthening the Canadian goat industry as a whole.