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This pilot study will utilise historical footrot outbreak data from Monaro region of southern NSW that will be matched to a range of corresponding environmental variables that have been shown either directly or indirectly associated with footrot. A range of datasets (including soil moisture, air temperature, estimates of pasture growth, aspect, etc) will be linked to outbreak data via the use of geographic information systems using a range of statistical models. This will then allow the importance of these landscape variables to be determined. Moreover using such a design allows will allow me to use historical datasets as a means to investigate environmental drivers of outbreaks. Data will be sourced through the South Eastern Local Land Services Veterinarians and biosecurity officers with approval from the affected farmers