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