Cattle carry zoonotic bacteria such as VTEC O157, Campylobacter jejuni/coli and Salmonella serovars, which can be transmitted to humans through contaminated beef, milk and environments or via direct contact with the animals. To reduce the amount of bacteria that young stock shed into the environment, a 7 point plan of feasible management practices has been created from evidence based on population based field studies. The 7 point plan consists of: Dry and clean bedding.. stable rearing groups, empty and clean water trough every 2-3 weeks, rodent control, closed herd (or at least closed young stock section), avoid young stock contact between herds, leave a down-time period between manure spreading on or close to grazing fields before allowing cattle to graze. Implementation of these practices as routine in management of young stock are likely to reduce the most important zoonotic bacteria, VTEC O157, Campylobacter jejuni/coli and Salmonella serovar in the rearing group of a cattle herd.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
Bibliographical noteBCVA 2008