Self-Assessment Disease Prevention Checklist for organic and alternative farms

Photo of Step 2 disease prevention checklist

The Livestock Project has created a   Self-Assessment Disease Prevention Checklist for use on organic or alternative livestock and poultry farms. This easy to use checklist can help point out your strengths as well as areas for improvement This short checklist can be printed and filled out, or filled in online and saved. If you participate … Read more

Movement risks checklist for organic and alternative livestock

Photo of Step 1 movement risk checklist

Items moving on and off your farm or ranch can bring disease. Recognizing movement risks can help you prevent them. The Livestock Project has created a Step 1: Movement risks checklist that can help you recognize and think about the types of movements that happen on your operation. In addition, the checklist can help you … Read more

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)

Drooling cow

If you have ever traveled abroad, upon arrival back in the U.S., there are several questions you have to answer. “While you were traveling, did you visit any farms?” is one of them. A separate screening is often required if your answer is yes. Along with the prohibition of bringing fresh produce, meats, and cheeses … Read more

Animal health monitoring on organic and alternative farms

Pig and piglets in a field

Practicing good animal husbandry helps your herd or flock stay healthy and happy. To do this, we need to train ourselves to monitor the health of our animals. Animal health monitoring involves keeping a close eye on your livestock for signs of illness to catch problems early and prevent minor dilemmas from becoming significant issues. … Read more

On-farm traffic concerns for organic and alternative farms

Cows unloading from a trailer

Animal diseases can be spread by dirty or shared vehicles, ATVs, equipment, and machinery. Having a plan to limit vehicles, equipment, and their movement on your farm or ranch can help prevent disease introduction. Vehicle and equipment movement risks What kinds of vehicle or equipment movement occurs on your farm? Have the vehicles that come … Read more

Managing wildlife and pests on your organic or alternative farm

Feral swine sow with piglets near beef calves

As organic and alternative producers, we like to allow the animals we raise to exhibit their natural instincts, such as grazing, rooting, and frolicking in open spaces. Many of our animals spend their lives outside to allow this behavior. No matter where you’re located, some sort of wildlife inhabits the same land that you raise … Read more

Keeping your organic and alternatively raised animals healthy when you have visitors (including workers)

Man feeding a flock of chickens

One of the best ways to teach people about agriculture is to show them firsthand what happens on your farm. This can be through an onsite store, farm tours, or holding workshops on your property. You may need extra farm help and hire an employee or have a friend wanting to learn the ins and … Read more

Bird flu information for organic and alternative poultry producers

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If you follow current events, you’ve probably seen news of a large bird flu outbreak in Europe and Canada. Most recently, this strain of bird flu was discovered in a wild American Wigeon in South Carolina. This disease is not limited to the large farms we often see on the news. Strains of the virus … Read more