1. Establish a personal connection with your herd health veterinarian.
  2. Know neighbors’ programs and background of purchased animals to ensure they’re on similar biosecurity programs.
  3. Quarantine all new animals at least 30 days.
  4. Plan on only purchasing tested animals.
  5. 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.
  6. Understand that carrier animals can appear normal, so quarantine and test before purchase.
  7. Understand specific diseases can be transmitted by vaccination needles, such as anaplasmosis and bovine leukosis.
  8. Vaccinations aren’t 100% effective, but biosecurity is both cost-effective and the least costly control program for minimizing disease.
  9. Customize a biosecurity program to your operation’s needs and concerns, and review it annually.
  10. Consult experts and review websites and existing recommended programs. One website is www.farmandranchbiosecurity.com.