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Constraints to uptake of adequate biosecurity on UK cattle and sheep farms, with special reference to zoonotic diseases - OZ0144

Description
The overall objective of the project is to identify and rank the main constraints, including economic constraints, to the implementation of adequate biosecurity measures on UK cattle and sheep farms. The measures we consider are mainly aimed at the control of potentially zoonotic diseases, but also include biosecurity for other animal infections, in terms of the spread to human population and within and between livestock populations on UK cattle and sheep farms. Our final objective is to make recommendations that would enhance such implementation.

One of the aims of the DEFRA Research and Development Strategy is to guarantee the safety of human food that originates from livestock. It is envisaged that an improved understanding of biosecurity constraints will lead to the formulation of recommendations at both farm and policy level, on how to increase the implementation of biosecurity measures on these farm. These recommendations will, in turn, contribute to the aims of DEFRA’s R&D policy by enhancing food safety.

Objective
The overall objective of the project is to identify and rank the main constraints to the implementation of adequate biosecurity measures for the control of zoonotic disease and infections in terms of the spread to human population and within and between cattle and sheep populations on UK cattle and sheep farms, and to make recommendations that would enhance such implementation. The intermediate objectives of the project are:
1. To identify constraints to the uptake of and adherence to animal health schemes offering accreditation for disease freedom or disease monitoring;
2. To identify issues that the members of the British Cattle Veterinary Association and the Sheep Veterinary Society consider as key constraints to uptake of better biosecurity measures on cattle and sheep farms;
3. To carry out case studies and associated cost-benefit analyses on the establishment of adequate biosecurity measures on a number of cattle and sheep farms;
4. To identify issues that cattle and sheep farmers consider as key constraints to uptake of better biosecurity measures on cattle and sheep farms; and
5. To disseminate the findings of the project and make recommendations to the veterinary profession, farmers and policy makers and the scientific community.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Constraints to uptake of adequate biosecurity on uk cattle and sheep farms, with special reference to zoonotic diseases   (470k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2002

To: 2003

Cost: £113,279
Contractor / Funded Organisations
SAC Veterinary Services, University - Reading
Keywords
Animal Health              
Biotechnology              
Control              
E.coli O157              
Plants and Animals              
Transmission              
Zoonoses              
Fields of Study
Animal Health