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Biosecurity for Feedlots

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The Canadian feedlot sector produces more than half the cattle from the leading fed-cattle provinces, and is evolving towards larger, specialized, more mechanized operations. Biosecurity is essential on feedlots, where animals originating from a variety of farms are raised together in single locations. This increases the risk of disease transmission.

Bovine diseases

The global emergence and re-emergence of bovine diseases in recent years has had a major impact on the cattle industry, both within Canada and abroad. Outbreaks of contagious diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease in cattle in other countries have resulted in significant economic losses for cattle industries, as well as animal health and environmental concerns. These kinds of incidents emphasize the need for a comprehensive, coordinated approach to bovine biosecurity.

Led by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), federal, provincial and territorial governments are continuously collaborating with industry and the public to implement and augment bovine biosecurity programs aimed at reducing disease transmission and protecting the interests of Canadians.

Sources of bovine diseases

Bovine diseases can be spread in a number of ways, including:

Biosecurity principles for feedlots

Some of the basic biosecurity principles for the feedlot sector include:

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