Controlling Animal Diseases
There are numerous prevention, control and eradication measures in place to protect your business, the industry and in some cases even the public health from animal-borne diseases however every keeper of livestock has responsibility to care about the health and welfare of their own animals.
Some of the steps you can take to prevent introduction and dissemination of animal diseases are:
Routine Cleaning and Disinfection of all equipment, protective clothing, vehicles, etc
Restricting visitors access to the livestock area
Complying with the movement standstill period
Being alert to any disease symptoms
Reporting suspected disease to a vet
Remember that the infection can be easily spread by contaminated surfaces (like clothing, hands, equipment) or by direct contact with fallen stock or with other infected animals, including dogs, cats and stray foxes which may carry infection without being infected. Biosecurity measures can minimise the risk of an outbreak and spread of the disease.
For tips on Cleansing and Disinfection please visit our section:
Cleansing and Disinfection: Top Tips
For information about some of the animal-borne diseases follow the internal links below:
or visit Defra's website: http://www.defra.gov.uk/animal-diseases/
If you suspect your animals to have any signs of a notifiable disease you must contact your local AHVLA office without further delay (telephone number for Staffordshire keepers: 01785 231900)
For a list of main notifiable diseases please visit Defra's website: