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Farm level case studies of the costs and benefits of disease control measures on livestock farms - SE4004

Description
The main objective of this research is to construct simulation models capable of demonstrating to farmers and advisers the financial impact of selected livestock diseases on the farm business and the costs and benefits associated with farm-level measures for disease control. Initially, case studies of six different livestock diseases will be undertaken – two for cattle (digital dermatitis and bovine virus diarrhoea), two for sheep (ectoparasites and footrot), one for pigs (enzootic pneumonia) and one for poultry (coccidiosis). The models will be used to explore the physical impact of disease on production at the farm-level and of selected control measures, together with the financial effects of disease and the costs and benefits of control measures for the farm business. The models will be presented to farmer/industry groups and will provide a ‘hands-on’ method for demonstrating the possible financial benefits of disease control to the farm business. A further six disease models will then be developed and tested according to the same format as for the initial models.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Farm-level case studies of the costs and benefits of disease control measures on livestock farms   (540k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2008

Cost: £248,135
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Reading
Keywords
Animal Diseases              
Animal Health              
Biosecurity              
Disease Prevention              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Health