The Animal Health Network is a communication conduit for the State Veterinarian and other officials to get vital animal disease alerts to non-commercial livestock and poultry owners. This state-adaptable, local network concept uses local feed retailers and county Extension educators to channel information to “backyard farmers” who might otherwise not receive the alerts. Commercial producers receive important alerts through professional associations, but local non-commercial livestock and poultry owners often are not reached. In fact, reaching these small non-commercial operators can be difficult – especially the ones who do not wish to be known. The network is not a news release system; instead it is a way to use the already established Extension system to deliver critical messages from the State Veterinarian in times of crisis. That way small operators will learn what the crisis is and what to do in order to protect their animals.