Introduction to disease control and prevention

This page contains general information in relation to the prevention and control of animal diseases.

Disease control strategies

The Department has development control strategies in relation to several animal diseases, and further information on each can be found by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Approved disinfectants

The use of approved disinfectant procedures is essential for maintaining good biosecurity.

A list of disinfectants approved under the Diseases of Animals (Approval of Disinfectants) Order (NI) 2008 specifying the dilutions at which they are respectively approved can be downloaded using the below link. Disinfectants need to be approved by Defra before they can be approved by DAERA for use in Northern Ireland. For information on Defra approval, visit their website.

Information on getting your product onto the DAERA approved list can be obtained from Animal Disease Control & Trade Policy Branch, contact number 028 905 25045.

Transport of animals cleansing and disinfection

The cleansing and disinfection of vehicles used for the transport of animals and poultry helps in the prevention and spread of disease.

The related links below are intended to provide a basic reference for the industry, but they cannot address every eventuality.

ADAS valuation tables

The value of birds is related to species, type, age, sex and husbandry system and can then be read from prepared valuation rate tables.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Antimicrobial drugs have played an important role in managing the health of both humans and animals for more than 60 years. They inhibit the growth or kill micro-organisms. Both overuse and inappropriate use of antimicrobial drugs contribute to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Everyone with responsibility for livestock has a role to play in helping to reduce AMR.

It is important to prevent diseases by implementing good herd or flock health, practising good bio-security practices and providing good nutrition, hygiene and good farm management.

If it is necessary to treat animals it is important they are treated early and to use the right medicine, at the right dose for the correct duration.

Make better use of antibiotics to reduce the impact of Antimicrobial Resistance today and in the future.  Become an antibiotic guardian at the Antibiotic Guardian Website

Advice and further information on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) can be found at the links below:



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