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Socio-economics aspects in poultry production in European countries - OD2016

Description
The aim of the project is to investigate the socio-economic aspects and risks concerning the changes occurring in poultry systems due to the new European Union (EU) regulatory approach to antibiotic usage and integration of new member countries into Europe through a holistic economic-risk analysis approach. The work aims to provide recommendations to improve the safety of poultry products for consumers at a British and European level.
The main areas to be investigated are:· Identification of the hazards associated with integration of new member states into the EU with specific reference to introduction of exotic poultry diseases and current and/or new emergent zoonotic pathogens into the rest of Europe· To identify current biosecurity measures on-farm to control endemic disease of zoonotic organisms in poultry in different farming systems such as conventional, out-door, and organic rearing, in selected states including Great Britain (GB)·
To analyse the effect of the removal of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) specifically for broilers, on the costs and benefits relating to animal welfare, production levels, and consumer effects in selected EU States, including GB· To estimate the costs and benefits when increased biosecurity practices are put in place and the effect of alternative treatments, such as, prebiotics, probiotics, organic acids, etc.· To make recommendations on where future policy spending should be focused with regard to best practice, and to identify gaps in knowledge in this area of research. Two transparent technical reports will be produced describing the methodology, data summary, analysis findings and recommendations from the investigations. The first is to be delivered after the first year of the project that will detail the findings from the identification of the hazards associated with the integration of new member states into Europe. The second report will encompass the results and approach taken for the entire project.
Objective
01 Task 1 (Month 12)Identification of the hazards associated with the integration of new member states into the EU with specific reference to introduction of exotic poultry diseases and current and/or new emergent zoonotic pathogens into neighbouring EU member states to be completed.02

Dissemination of findings from Task 1 (Month 12)A report will be produced after the first year of the project that will detail the findings from the assessment of the hazards associated with the integration of new member states into the EU. An internal review of findings will be completed and circulated for external comment from identified relevant bodies.

03 Task 2 (Month 24)Completion of an investigation of the data available for the analysis of the costs and benefits for increased biosecurity practices and the effect of alternative treatments post antibiotic growth promoters with an internal review of findings and draft report sections completed.
04 Task 3 (Month 30) An estimation of the costs and benefits when increased biosecurity practices are put in place and the effect of alternative treatments, such as, prebiotics, probiotics, organic acids, etc in broilers in Great Britain and three other EU states. The relevant sections for the final report are to be drafted and subjected to review.

05 Task 4 (Month 34)Recommendations on where future policy spending should be focused with regard to best practice, and to identify gaps in knowledge in this area of research will be completed.

06 Dissemination of final results (Month 36)

The project will deliver a final scientific report that will detail the methodology and data summary together with the recommendations and findings. To further disseminate the results of the work it is intended that at least one peer reviewed publication will be produced.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Socio-economics aspects in poultry production in European countries   (190k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2008

Cost: £110,995
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Veterinary Laboratories Agency
Keywords
Agriculture and Food Chain              
Animal              
Antimicrobial Resistance              
Biosecurity              
Disease Control              
Economic Research              
Farming              
Health              
Veterinary Medicines              
Zoonoses              
Fields of Study
Animal Health