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Animal Biosecurity—
Isolation and Quarantine

Being able to isolate sick animals and quarantine new or returning animals will bolster your entire herd health program and should be a priority for your herd's biosecurity. An isolation or quarantine area should achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide an air space, water source, and feed source separate from the rest of your livestock.
  • Prevent direct contact with the rest of your livestock.
  • Provide a clean, dry, comfortable resting space for the animal(s).
  • Provide transition to a new ration.
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  • Provide adequate restraint facilities for examinations and administration of treatments.
  • Allow equipment storage in that area (e.g., shovels, halters, buckets, etc.) for use only in the isolation area.
  • Prevent the movement of equipment and manure from the isolation area to other locations with livestock.
  • Ensure workers clean hands and boots and change clothes before going to other areas.

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