Biosecurity Advice and Cattle Purchasing Checklist

Published 8 October 12

Biosecurity Advice and Cattle Purchasing Checklist

Use this checklist to help your business maintain and improve the health and welfare of your herd. It has been developed in conjunction with the BCVA and CHeCS to improve purchase decisions.

Biosecurity is a word that became firmly embedded in the agricultural vocabulary of our nation during the outbreak of foot and mouth disease that swept across the country during 2001. In most cases its meaning was interpreted as referring to the precautions that should be taken to prevent the introduction of foot and mouth disease onto a holding. In fact biosecurity means much more than this. The term biosecurity actually embraces a complete concept of risk assessment and reduction which is aimed at maintaining and improving the health and therefore welfare, productivity and profitability of the herds and flocks that contribute to our livestock industry.