Most of you have established biosecurity procedures to prevent cross-contamination from one production unit to another.

Showers, foot baths and quarantines are just a few procedures used to prevent cross-contamination. But it can be difficult to monitor those biosecurity measures.

Steve Moest, owner of High Plains Pork, has taken an extra step on his operation. He uses a color code for boots and clothing. He simply assigns a color to a building, and the clothes and boots employees wear in that building. It’s an easy reminder to workers that certain colored boots need to stay in their specific area.

“We wanted to make employees more aware of their actions and it’s a good visual aid,” said Moest.

Color coding is a simple, cost-effective way to prevent cross-contamination on your farm. All you need is a few colors of paint, a brush and a couple minutes.