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.


Definitions

Biosecurity is the basic management practices to prevent diseases.


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.








Additional Information

To prevent the transmission of diseases in beef cattle you should:


  • 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.