A "Fomite" on the other hand is a inanimate object that can also transfer diseases mechanically. Shoes and boots, tools and other equipment moved from house to house also needs to be cleaned and disinfected in order to keep infections to a minimum. Even flies by the nature of their travels are considered fomites as the move from manure to bird. These too should be limited on the farm as much as possible.
To to control the first thing to do is to clean the object of any obvious dirt, grime and manure. Secondly, use a good disinfectant to reduce further any lingering viruses and bacteria remaining on the clean object. A log sheet should be kept for farm
equipment that is loaned out to other farms or is rented to keep a trail of exposure to a minimum. And a local car wash is a farmers friend as trucks move from farm to farm. By staying on top of this task, you help reduce your chance of an exposure to disease.