Detect

Observation, diagnostics and communication are methods to detect—and report when needed—signs of livestock diseases. Learn how to tell when your animals are healthy and when they aren't, and work with a veterinarian to diagnose and treat before a disease spreads. Communicating to employees, service providers and visitors about your biosecurity measures is important for their compliance. It is also important to communicate effectively about a disease situation, particularly when a reportable or foreign animal disease is present. Let your biosecurity community know how they can support you and help to protect your animals, especially when the signs of a disease are present.


Checking a horse's hoof for problems.

Observation

Daily observation is important for getting to know your animals and to detect early signs of health issues.

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Surveillance at a swine operation.

Emerging and Foreign Animal Diseases

Learn your “BUDDIES”, clinical signs that may indicate serious disease or occurrence of an emerging or foreign animal disease.

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Laboratory testing of livestock specimen.

Diagnostics

Laboratory testing is essential for determining what is the cause and how to respond when animals are sick.

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A farmer standing in front of a herd of cows.

Communication

Clear and concise communication will help motivate employees and visitors to follow your biosecurity protocols.

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