Launch of the EHAI Open Farms Guidance Document.

(22 May 2015)

The EHAI is delighed to announce the official launch of the Open Farms Guidance Document at this years EHAI/CIEH NI Forum. 

Open farms and pet farms have seen a huge increase in popularity in the last number of years.  They offer visitors the opportunity of seeing and coming into contact with animals – a valuable activity that brings many benefits and pleasure to children and adults alike. Visiting these venues presents a generally low, but possible, risk of visitors acquiring infection from the animals. However, where practices are poor on individual farms, risks may be higher. 

This guidance document has been produced by a multi-disciplinary group (which included health and veterinary professionals as well as industry representation) set up by the EHAI and it focuses on preventing and controlling infection on the open farm.  While the document is primarily aimed at open farms which allow contact with animals as well as mobile operators it is also directed at visitors to open farms and in particular community and school groups who are preparing to visit an open farm. 

The application of all of the measures and guidance documented in these pages will go a long way towards preventing and controlling infection on open farms. 

The EHAI is hugely proud of this invaluable and useful guidance document.  The guidance documents as well as associated posters and information leaflets are available on this website or by clicking here.


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