Quality Assurance Project
Biosecurity for Beef Cattle By: Kashyia Henry
Importance to Producers
- Biosecurity is the key to preventing diseases.
- Poor biosecurity will have a bad result as such a loss in production because of diseases.
- To prevent a loss in production.
- To prevent potential disease breakouts.
- Management of animal health practices.
- Controls disease outbreaks when they occur.
- Protect the health of their animals and their profit.
- Poor biosecurity could cause the producer to not be able the sell the meat.
Importance to Consumers
- Being aware of food safety.
- To ensure the meat they buy is safe to eat.
There are the parts of biosecurity which are isolation, traffic control and equipment sanitation.
Isolation is the prevention of animals within a controlled area.
Traffic Control is the controlling traffic and traffic patterns within your operation.
Equipment Sanitation is disinfecting the equipment and people who work with the animals.
- Isolate new and foreign animals.
- Isolate animals in age groups.
- Do blood testing to test for diseases.
- Give the animals vaccines when needed.
- Observe animals for signs of diseases.
- Change out of your boots and clothes you use around the animals when you leave the farm.
- Disinfect all tools used for the animals.
- Rodent and pest control.
- Make sure young animals get the colostrum (their first milk).
- Work with the animals from youngest to oldest.