Biosecurity refers to the set of measures taken to prevent the introduction of a new pathogen (external biosecurity), to reduce the spread of pathogens/micro-organisms already present in livestock (internal biosecurity) and to prevent the spread of pathogens/micro-organisms from livestock to other animal populations (biocontainment).

The concepts are presented and summarized in document on Canadian on-farm biosecurity standards.

National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard (CSHB, October 19, 2010) Over the years, the swine production sector has invested considerable amounts of money and effort in putting into place biosecurity measures to fight against pathogens that are causing significant economic losses. The efforts and sums invested are used to protect each producer's herd, as well as those of others, while ensuring that a health problem neither worsens nor gets out of control.
The CDPQ health and biosecurity team offers on-farm audit services (see Services).

Biosecurity training videos available on the Canadian Pork Council website
15 videos developed by the CCP are available at the following address:

  1. Controlled Acess Zone
  2. Restricted Access Zone
  3. Farmyard Traffic
  4. Manure Application
  5. Deadstock and Garbage Disposal
  6. Feed Deliveries
  7. Incoming Pigs
  8. Loading Pigs for Transport
  9. Internal Transport
  10. Delivering Pigs to Market
  11. Service Providers
  12. Incoming Supplies and Equipment
  13. Internal Biosecurity
  14. Biocontainement
  15. Pest Management