ROSIE NOLD, DAVID R. SMITH, MICHAEL C. BRUMM
Because a disease outbreak can be economically devastating, biosecurity is very important to livestock producers. Compared to the majority of livestock producers, most youth exhibitors are not as dependent on their animals for income; however, some exhibitors may have herds of animals besides their show animals, their family may depend on income from livestock, or they may live near farms with livestock. The most common way that new diseases will be introduced into a herd is from direct contact with other animals. Thus, the animals that a youth exhibitor takes to a show and then takes home again are potential sources of disease for their own, their family’s or neighboring families’ livestock herds.