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Good boundaries
Check fences following winter storms. Keep all fences in a good state of repair so they are sufficient to prevent break-ins and breakouts.

Close proximity
Bad weather conditions can mean cattle are in close proximity– on feed pads, under shelter belts and in herd homes. If herds mix, this can increase the risk of transmission. M. bovis can spread from animal to animal through close “nose to nose” contact.

Training new staff
Winter is a good time to remind staff of the additional biosecurity challenges that adverse weather presents. Build good on-farm biosecurity practices, including ways to reduce the chances of bringing M. bovis onto your property, into your staff orientation and training.

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