Keeping livestock and poultry healthy is the keystone to any livestock or poultry agricultural endeavor. Healthy animals grow better, reproduce more efficiently and produce more economically valuable products. Unhealthy animals cause a producer to spend more time managing the stock, more money on health inputs and vet bills, and often produce less or poor quality products. Without healthy animals, conservation, production, and profitability are impossible.
Follow the links at left to learn everything you need to know about creating a contagious disease biosecurity plan, why it’s important to protect your livestock and poultry from outside contagions, and specific poultry health precautions that are vital to keeping your farm operational.
Biosecurity is Essential to Saving Rare Breeds
Based on information provided by Richard Reynnells, National Program Leader, Animal Production Systems, USDA CSREES/PAS, compiled by the staff from The Livestock Conservancy.
In the event of an outbreak of an infectious disease all of the above guidelines should be enhanced and rigidly enforced. There should be NO outside contact and NO visitors. Clean and disinfect all incoming people and vehicles – without exception. Some viruses can survive in the human respiratory tract for several days. Should there be a disease outbreak you should not expose yourself to diseased animals, or to people who have worked with diseased animals, and then care for your own animals.
The disaster resulting from reportable diseases like foot and mouth disease, avian influenza, or hog cholera would be compounded if endangered breeds of livestock and poultry are destroyed and their survival further threatened. Plan for their safekeeping today.