Cattle Programs

Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has established the Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (FAD PReP) to provide a framework for FAD preparedness and response.
APHIS Foreign Animal Disease Framework Response Strategies, FAD PReP (USDA)

Secure Beef Supply Plan

The Secure Beef Supply (SBS) Plan for Continuity of Business provides opportunities to voluntarily prepare before an outbreak. This will better position beef premises with cattle that have no evidence of infection to:

  • Limit exposure of their animals through enhanced biosecurity,
  • Move animals to processing or another premises under a movement permit issued by Regulatory Officials, and
  • Maintain business continuity for the beef industry, including producers, haulers, and packers during an FMD outbreak.

Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease of cloven-hoofed (two-toed) animals (e.g., cattle, pigs, sheep). FMD causes painful sores and blisters on the feet, mouth and teats of animals. Foot and mouth disease is a high consequence livestock disease due to its potential for rapid spread, severe trade restrictions and the subsequent economic impacts that would result.

Foot and Mouth Disease Information (Iowa State)