Animal Diseases and Biosecurity

​​​Biosecurity is a set of practices designed to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease from sick animals to healthy ones. Disease prevention steps vary between diseases and species. Special care must be taken to decide what methods are right for protecting your animals. 

Biosecurity basics

  • ​Keep your distance: Isolate your animals as much as possible from visitors and other animals. Restrict access. Isolate new animals. 
  • Keep it clean: Keep pens clean. Clean and disinfect equipment and tools. 
  • Don't haul it home: Don't share equipment, tools, or other supplies. Use rigorous cleaning and disinfecting if you must share. Isolate livestock that have been to shows, fairs, or other gathering activities for 4 weeks. 
  • Know warning signs of disease: Signs might include increased mortality, respiratory or gastrointestinal signs, poor appetite, or production drop. Early detection and reporting of disease is very important to prevent further spread of disease. 

General resources

Personal biosecurity for livestock farm visits

Article from Drovers Cattle Network. Farm visits biosecurity article

Poultry resources

Avian influenza and biosecurity brochure—English

Avian influenza biosecurity brochure—English

Avian influenza and biosecurity brochure—Spanish

La Influenza Aviar y Bioseguridad. Spanish brochure from ODA. La Influenza Aviar y Bioseguridad

Backyard biosecurity handout

Protecting your poultry against disease. 8.5" x 11" double-sided Backyard biosecurity handout

Biosecurity for the birds—USDA

Information on backyard biosecurity practices you can use in your everyday routine of caring for your birds. USDA information on biosecurity

Biosecurity tips for backyard bird keepers

A short video to answer questions about protecting backyard flocks from avian influenza and other poultry diseases. Bird Flu: How you can stop the spread video

Defend the Flock: Protect Poultry with Clean Practices

Defend the Flock poster

Salmonella Prevention: It's in your hands (2017)

Salmonella prevention poster

Oregon Poultry Producer Seminar Presentations 2016​

Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Program video

Oregon Poultry Producer Seminar presentation​ CAFO Program video

Egg production and sales video

Oregon Poultry Producer Seminar presentation​ Egg production and sales video

Flock management: Health and nutrition video

Oregon Poultry Producer Seminar presentation​ Flock management: Health and nutrition video

Poultry disease video

Oregon Poultry Producer Seminar presentation​ Poultry disease video

Poultry slaughter, processing, and sales video

Oregon Poultry Producer Seminar presentation​ Poultry slaughter, processing, and sales video

Raising chickens in urban environments

Article courtesy of Oregon State University. Raising chickens in urban environments handout

Regulations and your chickens video

Oregon Poultry Producer Seminar presentation​ Regulations and your chickens video

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​Contact

Animal Health
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4680
Fax: 503-986-4734
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