All farmers, vets and visitors to farms have a responsibility to take biosecurity seriously and help prevent the spread of diseases.

Each farm is different and time spent assessing the risks of diseases arriving and leaving the farm will pay dividends.

The risks can vary depending on the diseases, but the illustration below summarises some of the key ways diseases may enter a farm:

KEY FACT: Over 13 million cattle movements took place in Great Britain in 2015 alone, including on and off farms, collection centres, slaughter houses, and others (excluding births and deaths) (Reference RPA/BCMS 2015)

Disease example: Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is caused by infection with a bacterial-type organism called a Spirochaete. This disease can damage herd health and productivity through milk drop, reduced fertility and abortion.

The risk of Leptospirosis infection varies dependant on the individual farm situation. You can reduce the risk by assessing your particular farm and taking steps to prevent disease:

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