When a disease outbreaks happens, quick response means containing the disease or pest, eradication, and communicating clearly during a crisis. An outbreak can be localized, or in the event of a foreign animal disease (FAD), more national in scope. Be prepared to respond at all levels to maintain the health of your animals, and the continuity of the business. Who, what, when, where and how: be ready to answer questions about animal (or human) health concerns, calmly and accurately. An outbreak is stressful for anyone involved. Taking time for mental and physical recovery is crucial after the response.

Manure spreader in a pasture.


Response to a disease outbreak must be rapid. Managing herd exposure to sick or dead animals is critical.

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Mortality Management

Managing livestock mortalities includes disaster planning and knowing your state and local rules.

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Four types of disinfectants: clorox, bioguard, Amer-Bac, Sanisol.


Emergency biosecurity procedures range from disinfection, euthanasia, to permits to move animals.

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Consider the stress of a disease outbreak for those involved, and manage it with self-care and support.

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Crisis Communication

A crisis is any incident or event that interrupts the normal flow of business or threatens your ability to operate

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