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Development of farm-specfic biosecurity risk management strategies for cattle herds and sheep flocks - SE4002

The project will develop a methodology for risk assessment and management of biosecurity on cattle and sheep farms in Great Britain. This will lead to a reduction of the risk of introduction and spread of infectious diseases between cattle herds and sheep flocks which is also a goal specified in Defra’s new Animal Health & Welfare strategy. It consists of two interrelated studies which will be used to define a scientific framework for the methodology based on knowledge- and data-driven modelling methods. The first study will be a systematic review combined with an expert opinion workshop aimed at identifying relevant farm-level factors, representing the knowledge-driven component of the project. The second study will use statistical modelling methods to develop externally measurable bio-security risk scores for herd/flock classification, representing the data-driven component.
1) Conduct a systematic review of existing knowledge relating to methods for:
- classification of cattle herds and sheep flocks according to biosecurity risk, and
- enhancement of bio-security levels on cattle and sheep farms
Use this information to develop knowledge-driven models for farm-level biosecurity risk scores and biosecurity management strategies

2) Identify risk factors associated with disease introduction to cattle herds and sheep flocks in GB based on retrospective data analysis of:
- environmental factors, and
- description of contact networks between herds/flocks
Combine models from step 1) with risk factor information to develop data-driven models for farm-level biosecurity risk scoring systems
Project Documents
• Final Report : Development of farm specific bio-security risk management strategies for cattle herds and sheep   (502k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2006

Cost: £299,831
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Royal Veterinary College
Animal Diseases              
Animal Health              
Disease Prevention              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Health