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Farm Animal Practice
Biosecurity in the dairy herd
  1. Richard Sibley

    Richard Sibley is principal of a mixed practice in rural mid-Devon, comprising 14 vets and 20 support staff. His primary interest is cattle health, served by providing a health care service to the large variety of cattle farms in the local area, and as a founding director of, a web-based cattle management system for veterinary surgeons and farmers. He was involved with tackling BSE, foot-and-mouth disease and bovine tuberculosis at a national level while serving as secretary and president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association.


Infectious disease threatens all dairy herds, irrespective of their size or location. The risks of disease entering a herd are high, particularly with the evolution of modern dairy husbandry systems and industry structures that increase animal movements and other specific risks of disease transmission. Identifying risks and hazards, analysing their impact and applying controls to those that are significant should become an integral and practical part of any herd health plan. This article highlights the importance of including biosecurity within a comprehensive disease management programme to control infectious disease in any dairy herd effectively and efficiently.

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