This section provides examples and resources to support interventions to improve animal health and reduction of antibiotic use on farms.
Interventions must always be adapted to context, as needs and priorities vary between farms, regions and countries.
Resources below have been separated into the following tables:
||Information, tools and manuals. Provides concrete recommendations on how to implement sound biosecurity practices, for example you can create your own biosecurity kit. Also see Farm inputs for recommendations on water, feed and safe introduction of new animals, and People, vehicles and equipment for how to minimize disease transmission during movements at farms. Multiple animal species, Australian setting.
||Tool. Biocheck.ugent is a scoring tool to evaluate the quality of on-farm biosecurity. Provides a personalized report. Available in several languages including Chinese, French, Spanish and Vietnamese (Ghent University). Pigs, poultry and cattle.
|Where There is No Vet
||Guide for farmers to aid them to keep their animals healthy. Has informative chapters with hands-on tips on disease prevention and also good information on how medicine should be labelled.
|The Swedish experience – a summary on the Swedish efforts towards a low and prudent use of antibiotics in animal production
||Country example. This report summarizes how Sweden has managed to have one of the world’s lowest use of antibiotics in food-producing animals. Includes descriptions of important success factors and lessons learned.
|Poultry biosecurity and disease prevention toolkit
||Toolkit from React to support good biosecurity and disease prevention practices among small and medium scale poultry farmers in low resource settings. Includes a Facilitator’s manual for conducting sessions with farmers, materials to facilitate discussions, and tools to help farmers improve water, sanitation and biosecurity on their farms, and help reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. See Poultry Toolkit Description for an overview of all components.
|Improvement of Biosecurity and Production Practices in Hatcheries and Parent Flocks (PDF)
||Intervention. Description of biosecurity work in small scale Vietnamese farms. Provides detailed descriptions on biosecurity measures that facilitate actions in other settings. See also fact sheet here (PDF) on how simple biosecurity measures can change a farmer’s life.
|Biosecurity guide for live poultry markets (PDF 5,2MB)
||Manual from FAO produced for live poultry market managers. Provides practical options for improving the hygiene and biosecurity at markets. Also Available in Chinese (simplified) and French.
|Biosecurity Information Leaflets
||Information leaflets from Animal Health Ireland that provides science-based, practical advice on disease prevention and control for easy implementation on farms.
|Guide to good dairy farming practice
||Manual by FAO and International Dairy Federation. Gives dairy farmers proactive guidance on how to reach good dairy farming practice on their farm.