One pillar of improving swine health in Canada is to improve the biosecurity of the national pig herd. The definition of biosecurity for the User Guide's purpose is putting into practice rules and processes to reduce the risk of introducing and spreading disease agents (pathogens). The primary concern will be with external biosecurity, that is, keeping disease agents out and keeping them from getting out into other farms. Internal biosecurity, that is, containing the spread of disease within the farm or system, is discussed to a lesser degree.
The Biosecurity Standards
The Biosecurity Committee developed standards to be applied voluntarily which, when achieved, will reduce the risk of disease entry in each area described. These standards are outcomes that your farm(s) should achieve through the application of proper measures specific to your farm (Best Management Practices or BMP's). One example would be, "Establish a system to be sure that incoming pigs, semen or embryos are not carrying diseases to your farm". An explanation of each standard can be found in the National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard.