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Pathogen Management

A view of the interior of a shelter for raising calves

Practice Code: 783
Reporting Unit: Number (No.)

Pathogen management is the use of preventative measures, livestock management and conservation practices to provide multiple barriers to the introduction, replication and survival of pathogens in domestic livestock and reducing the risk of pathogen contamination of surface and groundwater resources by treatment and/or controlling the movement of pathogens to water.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Protects herd health
  • Improves and protects water quality
  • Reduces risk to farm production and profitability

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

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Access Control (472)
Heavy Use Area Protection (561)
Vegetated Treatment Area (635)
Waste Storage Facility (313)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.

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