4. Best Management Practices for Farm Biosecurity for Pig Production

4.9 Feed and Bedding

Refers to Standard 2.2.11

Store feed and bedding in containers that avoid contamination by animals or insects. Ensure that protocols for bagged feed, bedding and ingredient entry as well as feed and bedding delivery are in place. Movement of delivery vehicles within a system or pyramid must be sequenced based on health risk.


4.9.1 Feed and bedding storage should be in a container (feed bin) where contamination by rodents, birds and insects is prevented. Pest control around feed bins is required. Open storage of either should be avoided, particularly for feed. Immediate clean up feed spills is needed. Keep bagged feed and ingredients in a location free of birds and rodents. Inventory control can help with this. Using up stock and replenishing it can help to avoid bags sitting for long periods of time.

4.9.2 The feed storage area and feed mill must be kept clean (swept and no manure).

4.9.3 If possible have access to feed bins from outside the CAZ (external driveway with ability to auger into bin) If not, the entry of the feed truck into the CAZ must be recorded.

  • Either a sign-in book or a retained feed delivery slip will work.

4.9.4 Where feed is being delivered within a system, the sequence should follow known higher health status before lower, from younger to older pigs, and the most important first (higher in the pyramid) Have a way of constantly update the route as health status changes. Follow all vehicle rules regarding entry of the CAZ.

4.9.5 Discuss with your commercial feed supplier his route to ensure that they don't deliver to your farm after a farm with disease status incompatible with yours.