Minimising the Risk of Infection
Protection against infection / the environment / aesthetics
It is recommended that the pick-up site is located at a suitable distance from production buildings.
The cover is not to protect against airborne transmission, but against birds pecking at the animals. It is Daka SecAnim's experience that birds are rarely a problem when animals are registered immediately and stored properly so that they are free of maggots. Maggots develop after 3-4 days at the earliest. Crows can be a particular problem close to forests. If there are problems with birds, the animals must be covered.
Containers and covers may be possible sources of infection. The handling of these objects must be carried out in accordance with the rules for protection of the herd against infection.
Proper storage minimises the risk of infection
Fallen stock is less infectious than live animals as breathing has ceased. Moreover, it is primarily contact infection (handling infection) that can transmit diseases. Airborne infection from fallen stock is minimal. When animals are properly stored, there will be no fluid coming from the animals and the risk of infection is further reduced.
Contact infection can be avoided by ensuring adequate transport of the animals to the collection site and organising a pick-up location if necessary with turning space, so that the transport routes of fallen stock to and from the site do not cross each other. Handling on site is also minimised if the animals are properly laid out and are "perpendicular" to the road so that the crane can easily load the animals.
There is no significant environmental nuisance if fallen stock is stored and collected properly.
Some municipalities require measures against seepage from the animals that stem from smaller herds. In these cases it may be agreed that a plastic membrane is buried at the collection site.
The sight of fallen stock awaiting pick-up is a problem. It is therefore necessary to ensure that the animals are located in a way that they cannot be seen from the public road. This is best achieved by erecting a fence or hedge with wire mesh, which also prevents foxes etc. from gnawing at the animals.