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Practical Guide to Designing Livestock Biosecurity Systems
Jim Lowe

Course Description

Dr. Jim Lowe has written a practical guide to Designing Livestock Biosecurity Systems built from his25 years of experience of what works in practice. The course includes video lectures of Dr. Lowe introducing the topics covered in the practical guide, a copy of the guide, and assessment questions for you to apply the information

You will receive a copy of the textbook, a certificate of completion, and three hours of continuing education.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply design principles for effective biosecurity to a livestock production site.
  • Develop mitigation strategies that can be implemented easily, effectively, and continuously.

Module Topics

  • Module 1: Principesof Livestock System Biosecurity
    • Principles of biosecurity
    • Sources of pathogens in livestock systems
    • Primary routes of transmission of pathogens between livestock populations
    • Primary routes of transmission of pathogens within livestock populations
    • Estimating the cost of disease in livestock populations
  • Module 2: Animal Entry
    • Closed vs. open herds
    • Understanding a source herd's impact on system health
    • Timing and age of entry for replacement females
    • Location, design and testing in isolation facilities
    • Evaluating semen sources and health implications
  • Module 3: Livestock Transportation
    • Design and operation of loading facilities
    • Dedication and flow of live haul equipment
    • Cleaning of live haul equipment
    • Decontamination of live haul equipment
    • Management of live haul drivers and their equipment
  • Module 4: People, Supply, and Equipment Entry
    • Design of people entry facilities
    • Procedures for entry of people and the things that accompany them
    • Design and operation of supply entry facilities
    • Building systems that minimize the risk of equipment risk for transmission of pathogens
  • Module 5: Facility Design and Management
    • Design of manure handling systems and their implications on biosecurity
    • Operating manure handling systems in a biosecure manner
    • Options for deadstock removal
    • Operating deadstock removal systems in a biosecure manner
    • Preventing non-livestock animals from entering facilities
    • Minimizing the risk of pathogen introduction through feed

Mode of Teaching

This course is fully online using Compass 2g ( supported by Blackboard. The content will be presented as text, videos, and other media. The course covers the same amount of material that would be expected if the class were a traditional campus-based course. Due to the nature of online learning, students must be diligent about their learning,engaging often and actively.

We use a software solution called ZOOM for online meetings. Learners may join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android or call by telephone. The meeting link or telephone number will be provided after meeting is scheduled (International numbers available at this link: to join a meeting.
A webcam is preferred for easier communication.

Course Requirements

Receive a Certificate of Completion

  • To receive a Certificate of Completion for this course, you need to pass the quizzes with a score over 80%. Once the certificate is granted, you will be able to see your certificate on the Course Progress page or in your account dashboard.


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