OAHN Bovine Research Project: Disease testing for newly introduced cattle
The introduction of new cattle into a herd is a significant risk factor for the introduction of disease. Managing the risk associated with animal additions is a key component of a farm’s biosecurity control plan. An important element to prevent the introduction of disease is examination and testing of new cattle prior to purchase. While clinical examination may detect some forms of illness, some diseases can be better detected by a blood test.
- Facilitate the testing of high-risk cattle prior to introduction or following introduction to the herd to improve on farm management and biosecurity decisions
- Increase surveillance for emerging diseases, Salmonella Dublin and Anaplasmosis