Biosecurity planning for beef herds will depend on the aspirations of the farmer, the type of herd and the particular diseases that threaten the health of the herd. Herd specific plans can be created that are practical, affordable and effective in minimising the impact of any disease on herd health, when combined with other disease control measures, such as managing biocontainment, surveillance and resilience. This article outlines the principles of biosecurity and the practicalities of implementing biosecurity procedures within the resources available on the farm. It also highlights some particular measures that can be taken to avoid specific disease threats.
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