Agricultural practices

Good Agricultural practices

What is it?

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are specific methods which, when applied to agriculture, create food for consumers or further processing that is safe and wholesome.The GAP/GHP Audit Verification Program is a voluntary program to demonstrate that the participating company has adhered to Food and Drug Administration.

Here are some examples of (GAP).

ANIMAL HEALTH

(Prevent entry of disease)

1 Only buy animals of known disease status and control their introduction onto the farm. You don’t want all your animals to get sick.

2 Have secure boundaries/fencing. You don’t want your animals to leave.


3 Only use clean equipment from a known source. To prevent sickness, and insure better results.



(Have an effective herd health management programme in place)

1 Use an identification system that allows all animals to be identified individually from birth to death. You want to always know what animal you’re dealing with.

2 Develop an effective herd health management programme focused on prevention that meets the farm’s needs as well as regional and national requirements.

3 Regularly check animals for signs of disease. That way you can address the situation faster.

4 Sick animals should be attended to quickly and in an appropriate way. To prevent spreading.



(Use all chemicals and veterinary medicines as prescribed)

1 Use chemicals according to directions, calculate dosages carefully and observe appropriate withholding periods.


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