Animal Security Wisconsin farmers provide optimum treatment to their animals. Healthy and safe animals are important to the financial livelihood of farmers. This includes protecting animals from criminal activity by people who attempt to release animals from farming operation. While all farmers take security measures to protect their farms and animals, some segments of Wisconsin agriculture take extra precaution to protect against criminal activity — mainly the fur and veal farmers. In fact, federal and state law enforcement consider animal rights activists one of the nation's top domestic terrorist threats.
Dairy Production (From DMI's Dairy Response Center website.) Maintaining the integrity of America's food production system is essential to consumers worldwide. The U.S. dairy industry has made safety and security a top priority.
To understand our responsibility as dairy producers, we must first have a general understanding of on-farm security, food defense and biosecurity.
On-farm security or pre-harvest security, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is the act of reducing security risks at the farm level, including the prevention of intentional or unintentional injury to crops or livestock. In addition to prevention, early identification is also very important to minimize damage should an event occur.
Food defense is the collective term used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USDA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to encompass activities associated with protecting the nation's food supply from deliberate or intentional acts of contamination or tampering. This term encompasses other similar verbiage (i.e., bioterrorism and counter-terrorism).
Biosecurity embodies all the cumulative measures that can or should be taken to keep disease (viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and parasites) from infecting a farm and to prevent the transmission of disease (by humans, insects, rodents, and wild birds/animals) from an infected farm to neighboring farms.
Chances are, you're already implementing some on-farm security, food defense and biosecurity measures, but you may not have thought of your common-sense practices in that way. For instance, it's likely that when you travel you don't advertise your absence. Instead, you ask a trusted neighbor or employee to check on your house, collect mail and maintain typical dairy herd feeding and milking routines. You post emergency numbers. You have a proactive herd health plan. And, of course, you lock your doors. These routine measures help to protect your home, dairy operation and dairy products from harm. (Visit DMI's Dairy Response Center for more information.)