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Weaning time is a good time to think about biosecurity; developing a plan isn’t as difficult as it seems.
10 biosecurity tips
- Establish a personal connection with your herd health veterinarian.
- Know neighbors’ programs and background of purchased animals to ensure they’re on similar biosecurity programs.
- Quarantine all new animals at least 30 days.
- Plan on only purchasing tested animals.
- Understand how disease can be spread or introduced. Consider water sources, manure, vehicles, wildlife, feedstuffs, and non-livestock such as dogs, birds, insects and humans.
- Understand that carrier animals can appear normal, so quarantine and test before purchase.
- Understand specific diseases can be transmitted by vaccination needles, such as anaplasmosis and bovine leukosis.
- Vaccinations aren’t 100% effective, but biosecurity is both cost-effective and the least costly control program for minimizing disease.
- Customize a biosecurity program to your operation’s needs and concerns, and review it annually.
- Consult experts and review websites and existing recommended programs. One website is www.farmandranchbiosecurity.com.