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Pandemic Helps Underscore Need for Biosecurity in Livestock Transport

The President of Truck Wash Technologies says the global pandemic has helped demonstrate how disease spreads and the need for biosecurity in the movement of livestock. Truck Wash Technologies designs and builds custom automated truck wash systems focussing on complex cleaning applications and is one of the partners involved in a Swine Innovation Porc initiative aimed at speeding up and reducing the cost of cleaning and disinfecting swine transport trailers.

Jyrki Koro, the President of Truck Wash Technologies and a member of the Swine Innovation Porc Truck Wash Advisory Group, notes when it comes to the livestock sector, both swine as well as poultry, the focus is biosecurity.

Clip-Jyrki Koro-Truck Wash Technologies:

Livestock is travelling south and disease spreads, as we've learned through this current pandemic we're going through. Obviously, there's a keen interest in mitigating disease spread and it has been established quite clearly that animal transport is one of the main vectors of transmitting disease from one animal to the other.

There are some substantial reasons as to why we want to develop a system like this. The idea of euthanizing and destroying animals when they're infected in various industries, from some of the research we've done, the cost is quite substantial.

Obviously animal welfare is first and foremost in the thought process.

Source : Farmscape

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