Cattle purchasing

Biosecurity Advice and Cattle Purchasing Checklist

Possibly the greatest, but not the only, threat to the health status of an established herd is the introduction of new animals. (A potential threat also exists to the new animals when they are introduced into an established herd.)

In order to reduce the risks involved when purchasing stock various questions should be asked and, during a period of isolation, tests carried out and prophylactic vaccines and treatments given where appropriate.

Before this is done, however, if sensible cost effective decisions are to be made, it is essential that the current health status of your herd is fully appreciated and a veterinary health plan is in place and not just for farm assurance purposes.