The recently released 2002 national Animal Health Monitoring System report on biosecurity practices at U.S. dairies indicates that further improvements could be made.

According to the report:

  • 45.7 percent of all dairies brought either beef or dairy cattle onto their operations in 2001.
  • 75.5 percent of dairies did not require testing of cattle before they were introduced onto the farm.
  • Only one-in-five, or 20.6 percent, of dairies that added new cattle quarantined those cattle.
  • Just 51.6 percent of dairies required some type of vaccination of incoming cattle.

For more information: www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ceah/cnahs/nahms/dairy/dairy.htm