Biosecurity for Sheep Farms

Biosecurity is an important step for all sheep operations, regardless of size, to help keep animals and people from being exposed to disease-causing organisms.

Practicing good biosecurity is one of the best ways to keep sheep healthy and protect sheep farms across the country. It is another way for sheep farms to maintain business continuity and prepare for a foreign animal disease outbreak.

Use the resource below to develop a custom biosecurity plan that addresses your specific site needs.

National Premises Identification Number (PremID or PIN)

Request a National Premises Identification Number (PremID or PIN) from the office of your State Animal Health Official.

In an outbreak, the PIN will allow producers to be notified if they are in a regulatory Control Area, speeding up a response.

The PIN is also required to request a movement permit in a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) or other foreign animal disease outbreak.

To learn more about getting your PIN or validating your PIN click here.

Prepare to Protect Your Flock

Producers should work with their herd veterinarian to assist in developing a site-specific enhanced biosecurity plan and to develop a routine flock health program that includes vaccination and other disease prevention measures.

Implementing this plan will help prevent exposing animals to disease. It will also help maintain business continuity in the event of an outbreak and the limited movement of animals.

Secure Sheep and Wool Supply (SSWS) Plan

The Secure Sheep and Wool Supply (SSWS) Plan for Continuity of Business provides opportunities for producers to voluntarily prepare before an FMD outbreak. This will better position premises with sheep 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 sheep industry, including producers, haulers, packers and wool processors during an FMD outbreak.

Visit the Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan for planning resources available in English and Spanish:

  • Biosecurity Manuals and Plan Examples
  • Checklists and Templates
  • Signs and Posters
  • And More

Sheep Biosecurity Materials

Looking for resources if you are just getting started, wanting to improve your current biosecurity plan, or hosting an event on your farm/ranch?

Visit this link to find resources to protect your flock, species specific information, and develop plans for enhanced biosecurity measures developed by the Center for Food Security and Public Health.



Visit this USDA link for information on Biosecurity for Sheep and Goat Producers.