Ambassador: Spain

Publication date: May 2020 | Theme: Health management

Challenges: African Swine Fever (ASF) biosecurity measures

The challenge was to improve the biosecurity against ASF and other pathogens (PRRS, Salmonella, E.coli, DEP… ) at the moment of animal transportation. Focusing the biosecurity concept exclusively inside the farm is a mistake, because truck movements are one of the most important sources of risk of disease entry for farms. The company implemented a truck thermo-assisted disinfection system called DrySyst. The process divides the disinfection in 3 different parts: trailer, wheels and chassis and cabin. The process takes place inside an expandable tunnel: cabin of the truck is manually disinfected following the PED disinfection protocol; lower part of the truck is disinfected from the beginning of the process to produce a high penetration effect. The system is connected to the truck and pumps hot air into the container until it reaches 75 °C for 15 minutes. The whole process takes about 30 minutes and is electronically certified. The certificate can be received remotely in real time.

By increasing biosecurity, the entry of diseases (digestive and respiratory) on farms is reduced, and, therefore, the use of antibiotics is also reduced. Once the disinfection system is implemented, the farm’s disease reinfection cycle is broadened from 1.5 years to 3 years, approximately. Finally, the farm productivity (less diseases and mortality) and the meat quality (food safety) are improved. Investment on innovative biosecurity systems which reduce the use of water and time spent by personnel, has obvious benefits on increasing biosecurity and, therefore, reducing the risk of disease outbreaks. Equipment:

- Electricity consumed: 8-10kW/h

- Diesel consumed: 30L/h

- Propane consumed: 37Kg/h

Veterinary costs are reduced since the disease incidence is decreased.

Further information will be available on this page in the near future.  In the meantime, to access more details, contact RPIG (Spain): Emma Fàbrega