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Practical points for the humane killing of animals for disease control purposes

  • Make full use of the farmer’s knowledge of the farm, livestock and the resources available on the farm.
  • Good communication is key.
  • All personnel must have an understanding of:

    - team leadership;
    - job rotation and adequate breaks;
    - recognition of fatigue and stress;
    - the avoidance of personality clashes.
    • Create a good handling system. This helps the handlers and minimises disruption when working with animals.
    • Establish boundaries between “clean” and “dirty” areas and provide disinfectant and PPE.
    • Remember that everyone is responsible for their own and their colleagues’ safety
    • On-site risk assessment is essential.
    • Remember that everyone has a responsibility to ensure all animals are killed efficiently.

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