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Biosecurity and good hygiene

Biosecurity means that, if you work or come into contact with farm animals, you must make sure that good hygiene practices are in place. This will help prevent the spread of animal disease.

Good biosecurity is a vital part of keeping disease away from animals. It also helps to improve farm efficiency, protect neighbouring farms and the countryside.

The message is simple:

  • Disease may not always be apparent, especially in the early stages;
  • Be clean, particularly if handling animals or moving between different premises.
  • A good biosecurity routine is always essential – not just when there is a major disease outbreak

We are in the process of moving information into this new, dedicated area of our website covering animal diseases. In the meantime some of the following content or files may still be on our old site.

Guidance for all livestock keepers

  • Biosecurity guidance (PDF 267 KB) for anybody who comes into contact with or visits premises with farm animals.

Defra and farming organisations have also put together the following publications:

Guidance for poultry keepers

Disinfectant information

Lists of approved disinfectant products and their dilution rates for statutory use is maintained by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA):

If you wish to have your veterinary product approved or have queries relating to the approval mechanism, information is available from AHVLA.

Further information

Page last modified: 4 January 2013