Biosecurity and livestock

Guidelines and resources to help producers and veterinarians prevent disease from entering or leaving Alberta farms.

Services and information

Preventing disease from entering or leaving Alberta farms protects human and animal health, and supports sustainable livestock production.

These organizations provide COVID-19 and species-specific information for Alberta livestock producers and veterinarians.

COVID-19 response

To date, there have been no reports of livestock being infected by COVID-19 anywhere. However, livestock producers should follow normal biosecurity measures as always. This includes limiting visitors or workers who may have travelled to – or been in contact with someone from – an affected area.

For updates on COVID-19 and on-farm disease prevention, see Biosecurity and livestock – Resources: COVID-19.

See also: COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Introduction

Biosecurity refers to practices designed to prevent, reduce or eliminate the introduction and spread of disease. Concerns over the spread of animal diseases, particularly those of foreign origin, are high within the livestock industry. Livestock diseases can affect any type of operation regardless of size. Biosecurity practices tailored to each operation minimize the introduction and transmission of disease.

Find out more about Biosecurity and livestock – Overview.