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Healthy Farms - Healthy Agriculture

Between-Herd Biosecurity Risk Factors goat photo by Krista Cheney, link to home page

Animal Biosecurity—
Between-Herd Biosecurity Risk Factors

The greatest risks to the health of livestock on your farm are from other animals or their manure. In order of risk, from highest to lowest, are the following situations:

  • Adding new livestock to the farm without a quarantine period.
  • Failing to quarantine new additions for at least two weeks, preferably four weeks.
  • Failing to require testing for specific diseases prior to addition.
  • Failing to require vaccination for specific diseases prior to addition.
  • Allowing livestock to return from fairs, shows, or exhibitions without quarantine.
  • Allowing other animals (domestic or wild) to contact your livestock, feedstuffs, or water sources.
  • Failing to prevent disease transfer via human contact, vehicular traffic, or equipment (including needles and rectal sleeves) used on more than one animal.

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