Biosecurity:  Principles of CHIP- part 6

Biosecurity related to 4-H projects has become a focal point for many fairs and expositions. Learn the CHIP method to easily make biosecurity a part of your routine!

Biosecurity practices are becoming increasingly important in youth 4-H projects, fairs, and exhibitions.  The spread of pathogens from human to animal, animal to human, and farm to farm is a real and serious challenge that we face in this industry.

Pathogens, viruses or bacteria can spread quickly through animal species and cause sicknesses.  Pathogens are spread in various ways such as through the air, through waste materials such as urine or feces, and through direct contact. Although there are many ways in which pathogens can spread, the management practices that animal owners follow can help reduce the spread of pathogens in the environment.  4-H animal exhibitors can do their part to help safeguard the animal production industry by paying particular attention to their management, both on their own farms and during exhibition.   

The previous series of articles has explained the principles of CHIP and some practical ways biosecurity measures can be implemented in youth 4-H projects. 4-H leaders can help teach youth about the principles of CHIP by accessing and using the Animal Science Anywhere: Basics of Biosecurity resource from Michigan State University Extension.

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