The general biosecurity guidelines presented on the Health Farms Healthy Agriculture website are a good head start for raising healthy livestock. Each species of livestock is susceptible to a range of similar and specific diseases, and some can be transferred to humans. Links for livestock diseases with signs and treatments are provided here from reputable sources. A veterinarian consultation is recommended if a disease is suspected.

A herd of jersey cows

Dairy Cows

Biosecurity for dairy cows.

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Three beef cows in a field.

Beef Cows

Biosecurity for beef cows.

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Two farm workings standing in a pen around a feeder for a herd of swine.


Biosecurity for swine.

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A flock of brown chickens.


Biosecurity for poultry.

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A flock of  white sheep.

Sheep/Goats/Small Ruminants

Biosecurity for sheep and goats.

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Two horses looking out from their stalls in a barn.

Horses, Mules, Burros, Donkeys

Biosecurity for equine species.

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Three alpacas eating grass.


Biosecurity for camels, llamas, alpacas and other camelids.

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Three mule deer standing together in a snow covered plain.

Farmed Deer, Elk

Farmed deer and elk have their own biosecurity issues.

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Feral swine family


Wild animals can introduce diseases and pests to your herd.

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