Many 4-H and FFA members are or soon will be purchasing dairy feeder calves for projects. Remember to use good bio-security measures when making farm visits to look for project animals and when caring for those animals to protect yourself and the animals. Zoonotic diseases are a diseases that can be transmitted from humans to animals and animals to humans. One such zoonotic disease that can be transmitted from dairy calves to humans is Cryptosporidium. The Clark County Combined Health District has put together a flyer to explain what Crypto is and how to protect you and your family. (link to "What is Crypto?"). If you or a family member experience any signs of Cryptosporidium, please contact the Clark County Combined Health District at 937-390-5600.
All youth livestock exhibitors and their families are encouraged to use good bio-security and personal hygiene when making animal selection, caring for and handling animals.
- Wear disposable plastic boots and dispose of before getting back into your vehicle. If you do not wear disposable boots, disinfect boots properly before getting into your vehicle.
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds after visiting animal barns or handling livestock.
- For extra precaution, were disposable gloves and dispose of as you leave the barn area.
- Do not eat or drink in the barn or around livestock. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
- Do not wear the boots or shoes you wear to the livestock barn into the house.
- Take soiled clothes off and wash immediately in the hottest water and dry on the highest heat setting possible.
- If you or someone in your family is sick, have someone that is not sick feed and care for your animals.
For additional Biosecurity Information for Youth Livestock Exhibitors click here.