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Farm Animal Diseases

Diseases contracted and spread by farm animals can impact agriculture and public health. They also negatively affect the animal's welfare. The National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides literature and other resources to help USDA agencies conduct animal health and welfare research as well as actively control and prevent the spread of disease in livestock. These materials can also be useful to the public to learn more about cattle, swine, sheep, goat, horse, and poultry diseases. 

Livestock Diseases Literature

Below are results from literature searches on livestock diseases. If you want to find literature on these topics for a certain species, you can build upon these search strings by including animal search terms. For example, edit the search and include "(sheep OR "ovis aries" OR lamb OR lambs)" to find information on sheep diseases. To learn more about building search strings, visit AWIC's alternatives literature searching page or if you need help finding information, contact us

Animal Disease Research and Management at USDA

  • Animal Disease Information

    USDA. APHIS. Veterinary Services.

    Learn about relevant farm animal health and diseases that APHIS is working to manage, such as Foot-and-mouth disease, Avian influenza, and African swine fever. 

  • National Animal Disease Center

    USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

    The National Animal Disease Center's mission is to conduct basic and applied research on selected diseases of economic importance to the U.S. livestock and poultry industries.

  • Foreign Animal Disease Research

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) conducts research on foreign animal diseases (FADs) and develops tools, vaccines, and other means for preventing FADs. 

Special Collections: Screwworm Eradication Program

Screwworm Eradication Program Records

USDA. NAL. Special Collections.

The collection shares documents pertaining to the USDA-led eradication of the screwworm from the United States, Mexico, and most of Central America.

Edward Fred Knipling and Screwworm Eradication

USDA. NAL. Special Collections.

The Edward Fred Knipling Papers: Screwworm Eradication Program Records collection consists of materials dating from 1906 to 2003, written and collected by Knipling and his family documenting the Screwworm Eradiation Program. 

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