The FARM Biosecurity—Enhanced program aligns with the Secure Milk Supply (SMS) Plan for Continuity of Business to provide dairy farmers with the tools needed to develop an enhanced biosecurity plan (EBP). These resources include:
- An online database to securely store producers’ EBPs. The database also gives producers the option to share a completed copy of their SMS EBP with state officials for review;
- An engaging, online training that guides learners through developing EBPs using real-life dairy farms and interactive experiences, all at no cost;
- A tutorial video on how to efficiently use the FARM Database—Enhanced Biosecurity;
A tutorial video for State Animal Health Officials reviewing Enhanced Biosecurity Plans in the FARM Database—Enhanced Biosecurity; and
- FARM Biosecurity—Enhanced resources, including a Prep Guide for developing an EBP, a User Guide for the FARM Database—Enhanced Biosecurity, and the SMS Enhanced Biosecurity Premises Map checklist.
Stronger, or enhanced, levels of biosecurity will be needed to protect cattle against the highly contagious FMD found in two-thirds of the world. One FMD case in the U.S. could shut down movement of cattle and their products across the nation for at least the first 72 hours. The Secure Milk Supply Plan for Continuity of Business was developed to help the dairy industry prepare for this situation. The SMS Plan provides enhanced biosecurity guidance for producers to voluntarily prepare before an outbreak. This is the basis of the FARM Database—Enhanced Biosecurity. Creating a dairy-specific plan and putting it in place will be needed in an FMD outbreak to prevent exposure.