Biosecurity in this context is are measures or management practices designed to reduce the risk of introducing disease
to a farm operation and prevent disease spread among animals. Biosecurity practices are understood and implemented in large-scale livestock production in an attempt to prevent catastrophic losses due to the introduction and spread of disease. These practices are far less familiar to smaller farmers and cervid producers, but no less important. The risk of bringing infectious diseases onto your cervid farm can be reduced by implementing biosecurity practices. In the event of an infectious disease outbreak such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), having a biosecurity plan in place may be the difference between saving or losing your herd. While designated documents specifically for cervid biosecurity are not available, documents generated for the cattle industry can be utilized or adapted to fit your needs. A variety of documents and links are given below to help understand and develop a biosecurity plan for your site. Once developed, they should be reviewed annually and changed as necessary. Additionally, it is a good idea determine who is responsible for emergency preparedness for your geographical location and make contact with them to develop parts of your plan.