Protecting your pork production business starts with deciding who belongs on your farm, and who doesn’t, says Dean Ross, Extension educator in southeast Michigan. It will ultimately mean controlling or restricting people access — especially in vital areas like livestock housing, feed, chemical and fuel storage.
Here are four ways to begin:
1 Limit entry to your production site to one route. If possible, use a second route for exit only. Close all other entry points.
2 Develop a visitors’ policy. Have all visitors sign your guest book. This maintains a record of individual names and companies, an individual’s arrival and departure times, and purpose of the visit.
3 Lock all tractors, vehicles, harvesting equipment and spraying equipment when not in use to prevent vandalism or unauthorized use.
4 Instill a sense of “awareness” in employees and family members. Empower them to make it their business to know who is on the farm at all times.