A Guelph-based company has launched Farm Health Guardian, a real-time disease mitigation technology platform for pork and poultry producers.
Brought to market by Be Seen Be Safe Ltd., the system accurately and quickly tracks and shuts down disease spread within minutes of the first report of disease symptoms, the company says.
The Farm Health Guardian patented system tracks and records all movement in and out of production facilities in real time, providing fast, easy, confidential ways to record all staff, visitor and vehicle movement, the company says. The system uses multiple technologies to record this movement, including an app for contactless digital pre-screening, paperless check-in, vehicle passport and GPS tracking.
Tim Nelson, founder and president of Be Seen Be Safe, says that the product is the first complete disease spread mitigation platform of its kind. “Even with the best individual farm biosecurity protocols, livestock and poultry systems are vulnerable to the devastation that disease outbreaks can cause. With this proven technology we are able to reduce the impact throughout the production network by containing an outbreak before it spreads,” he says.
This patented system was tested and proven effective by one of North America’s largest pork production networks, Maple Leaf Foods.
“Farm Health Guardian has provided our business with a platform to manage our farm movements and provide excellent and timely trace back abilities and communication in our farm system,” says Jonathan Sawatzky, vice president, Maple Leaf Agri-Farms Manufacturing.
The estimated negative economic effects of animal disease outbreaks are significant. In Canada, according to a Gap Analysis prepared by Synthesis Agri-Food Network for the National Farmed Animal Health & Welfare Council, avian influenza could cost the Canadian poultry industry more than $600 million in just one single province. A study by Iowa State University has indicated that African swine fever could create a $50 billion loss to the North American swine industry.
To learn more about Farm Health Guardian please visit: farmhealthguardian.com