Producers: Overview of Infection Control

Infection Control Splash ImageThe Biological Risk Management tools for beef and dairy producers are designed to increase awareness about the various ways diseases can enter a cattle facility and spread among the animals. Risk assessment and management recommendations focus on the routes of disease transmission rather than specific diseases.

There are five main routes of disease transmission: aerosol, direct contact, fomite, oral and vector. By implementing prevention practices for each route of disease transmission, producers can reduce their risk of common, everyday diseases entering their farms, as well as foreign animal or emerging diseases. Another advantage of this approach is that control measures for one route of transmission can minimize the risk and impact of a number of diseases. The presentations, handouts, fact sheets and checklists are designed to help producers learn about risks, conduct self-assessments of their farm, and implement practical management steps. Resources are available in English and Spanish.