Photos courtesy of JBI
DEEP CLEANING: Farms need to practice effective cleaning procedures and do so in a way that is effective without harming livestock, equipment or the environment. Your choice of disinfectants may have unforeseen negative effects on a farm’s equipment and buildings. Some disinfectants can damage metal, for example.
HEIGHTENED AWARENESS: With the global COVID-19 outbreak, farmers need to be as vigilant as other residents and businesses in rural communities in keeping their farming operations clean. Foam disinfectant has been sprayed in this poultry barn as it is being cleaned and sanitized.
FOAM DISINFECTANTS: Cleaning and disinfecting properly, and using the right products and methods are critical actions to take. Many of the chemicals and solvents approved for use are less effective than other products and procedures. Foam application has advantages.
EFFECTIVE APPLICATION: In many cases, foaming is the most effective application method as it increases surface contact time on ceilings, walls and other vertical surfaces. Other application methods include spraying, mopping and scrubbing by hand.
VIRUS CONTROL: So far, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in livestock. The risk of this virus appears to be to humans. If best practices are used in sanitizing and disinfecting barns, trucks and other facilities, even if COVID-19 virus were present, it would likely be mitigated along with the other pathogens that do pose a risk to livestock.
KEEP ANIMALS HEALTHY: Whether a farmer is following the mandates of a production contract or the best practices of an independent producer, ensuring biosecurity for production facilities directly affects livestock productivity, animal health and, ultimately, profitability.
BE SAFE: Some older practices used in swine barns include white-washing surfaces with lime and spraying caustic chemicals such as bleach-related products on surfaces. For poultry barns, the standby has been fogging with formaldehyde, a highly toxic and corrosive chemical. These techniques can pose harm to livestock and humans if not carefully managed and monitored. Newer, hydrogen-peroxide chemical solutions are much safer on animals and humans.