Attitude plays a major role in the success of a biosecurity program. Granted, there are many other factors to consider, but people set the tone and it starts with you. If others see that you're committed to stringent biosecurity, they will follow suit. Take a look at these recommendations for avoiding biosecurity pitfalls from veterinarian David Reeves, University of Georgia.

1. Attitude. This is where it all starts. Everyone in the operation must have an unforgiving attitude because one mistake can lead to serious problems.

2. Establish herd-health goals. Be reasonable and take into account such things as the type of production unit, age of unit, facility location and herd-health status.

3. Introduce new seedstock with great care. A successful introduction program focuses on age of the animals at entry, off-site quarantine and an acclimatization period.

4. Restrict access to visitors and create barriers to entry. If visitors must enter your facilities, at the very least provide clothing and boots. If possible, have a shower-in/shower-out facility available.

5. Develop and enforce strict chute rules - that means pigs that go up the chute, don't come back into the building. Make sure all trucks are clean and disinfected between pig groups.

6. Establish a program to keep out critters like birds, rodents, cats, dogs and insects.

7. Position any new production units away from other pigs - your own herd as well as that of your neighbors. Distance between pigs is your biosecurity friend.

8. Adopt optimum production system design. This means production techniques like multiple site and age segregation.

9. Install barriers to vectors and airborne diseases. Trees, bushes, buildings, hillsides, even corn fields will help.

10. Make it a priority to clean and sanitize rooms or buildings between pig groups. This is well worth a little down time.