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The aim of this handbook is to provide cattle farmers with information and advice on six diseases.

The Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group is committed to helping the industry raise the already high standards of animal health and welfare in Wales. Through good husbandry practices, adoption of high welfare standards and disease prevention measures (biosecurity), we can minimise the likelihood of livestock contracting or spreading disease.

This guide says one of the steps to minimising these diseases is ensuring the animal come from a herd that is accredited free of, or low risk for, any infectious diseases. Disease-free accreditation schemes exist for BVD, IBR, Leptospirosis and Neosporosis whilst the Johne’s Disease scheme categorises herds according to their risk level. It recommends referring to CHeCS for further information.

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Author: Philippa Stagg

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