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Advice on reducing the risk of infectious disease introduction and limiting the spread of disease during an outbreak.

The Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework was launched in July 2014. It is a 10 year plan of continuing and lasting improvement in standards of health and welfare of all animals kept for food, sport, work and companionship.

Vigilance and good stockmanship are essential in the fight against any animal disease.  Maintaining good standards of biosecurity and checking animals regularly for signs of disease are important in reducing the risk of infectious disease introduction and limiting the spread of disease during an outbreak.

Many diseases may not show themselves as dramatic events but can have devastating effects on production and welfare. Stock keepers who utilise animal health planning stand a better chance of detecting disease and can investigate these more effectively together with their vet.

Some infectious diseases are very significant not only for the animals and their keeper but the wider economy and community. These diseases are notifiable by law. Animal keepers should ensure they know and can recognise the basic signs that would alert them to the need to report disease. You should consult your own veterinary surgeon if you have any concerns about the health of your animals.