Livestock First Aid and Safety

Injured animals and animals under stress react differently than they do in normal circumstances. If you don’t work with livestock often, you may not completely understand how to keep yourself and animals safe in stressful situations, or how to provide first aid to injured animals.


The presenters focus on how to work safely around these animals and discuss basic first aid techniques to use with livestock and working animals. They also provide tips on livestock first aid …

Mark Your Calendar for May 2015 Webinar: Colorado 2014 Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak and Response

What happens when an infectious disease causing painful blisters spreads across a region, infecting hundreds of horses and cattle?

Tune in to Colorado 2014 Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak and Response on Friday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. EST to find out.

The webinar will be presented by Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr. He joined the State Veterinarian’s Office of the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1995 and was in charge of Colorado’s response to the 2014 vesicular stomatitis (VS) outbreak.  …

Enhancing Biosecurity at Fairs and Shows

Photograph is copyright Luc Asbury and is used under Creative Commons licensing.


This webinar was presented by Scott Cotton, University of Wyoming Area Educator and EDEN Chair-elect, and Curt Emanuel, Purdue Extension Educator and Boone County Extension Director. Cotton has been with Extension since 1993 and involved in disasters since 1972. His emergency/disaster roles have ranged from medical technician and firefighter to ICS/NIMS instructor and disaster exercise facilitator.  Emanuel is a former professional horse trainer. Since joining Purdue Extension in …

Livestock Biosecurity


What Is It and Why Should I care?

Biosecurity refers to strategies and management practices that lessen biological risk. On a farm, attention to biosecurity is the most important measure to reduce and prevent the introduction of diseases or pests of animals and plants. Biosecurity practices also minimize the spread of diseases or pests within a farm system. Many aspects of biosecurity are common sense, but if these strategies and practices are not enforced consistently, there is a greater risk …

Are there different strains of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus?

There are seven immunologically distinct serotypes of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus and over 60 subtypes. The seven serotypes are A, C, O, Asia 1, SAT 1, SAT 2, and SAT 3. New subtypes occasionally develop spontaneously. The large number of virus types and subtypes creates challenges for the maintenance of vaccine stockpiles that can be deployed in the event of an outbreak. 

Strains of FMD serotype O are of most concern for disease spread into new areas. FMD serotype …

Is foot and mouth disease (FMD) the same as mad cow disease (BSE)?

No, they are completely different diseases.

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease of cloven-hoofed (split-hoof, such as cattle) animals. It does not have human health significance. The FMD virus is fragile and easily killed by disinfectants. FMD was last seen in the United States in 1929.

Mad cow disease, technically known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is believed to be caused by a protein called a prion and affects the central nervous system of cattle. …

What diseases cause ulcers, blisters, or vesicles in the mouths of livestock?

Many disease agents can cause ulcers, blisters, or vesicles in animals’ mouths. Examples include:
• Bovine viral diarrhea virus can cause ulcers in the mouths of cattle as well as other problems.
• Vesicular exanthema of swine virus is not present in the United States and affects only swine.
• Foot and mouth disease virus affects all cloven-hooved animals and is not present in the United States.
• Swine vesicular disease virus affects only swine and is not present in …

Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures

LPE logoIf your farm stores oil, fuel, or oil products, you should take note of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) program. This rule applies to storages of a certain size and places some planning requirements on the farm. Speakers also discuss the proposed exemption for certain milk containers.

Reminder: Farms now must amend and implement their Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans. The compliance date for farms is May 10, 2013.

NOTE: This presentation was originally broadcast on …