Canada launches sheep biosecurity standard

By Carina Perkins

- Last updated on GMT

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Canada has introduced a new biosecurity standard for sheep, which authorities claim will help farmers improve the health of their flocks and reduce disease outbreaks.

The National Sheep On-Farm Biosecurity Standard, which was developed over two years by the Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), includes guidance on animal health management, record-keeping, facilities and equipment and employees.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said: “Producers can use the Standard to create a biosecurity plan that meets the specific needs of their operation. Strengthening on-farm biosecurity protects animal health and, in effect, supports the continued delivery of high-quality products.”

Andrew Gordanier, chairman of the CSF, added: “This voluntary standard will provide the industry with valuable tools that will contribute to the health of the Canadian flock and help to ensure its long-term viability and sustainability.”

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