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Assessment of tailored farm-level biosecurity strategies for beef suckler farms in England and Wales - SE4007

Description
The project will evaluate the epidemiological and economic impact of a methodology for risk assessment and management of biosecurity on beef suckler farms in England and Wales using an intervention study. The results from this study will inform disease management in beef suckler herds, and contribute to the evidence base for formulation of strategies under Defra’s new Animal Health & Welfare strategy. Estimates of the costs and benefits of the adoption of the risk assessment and biosecurity management programme will be provided. The project is an extension of a previous Defra project (SE4002) which was used to develop a framework for biosecurity management on dairy, beef and sheep farms.
Objective
General:
To determine the epidemiological and economic effectiveness of risk management strategies tailored to individual farms in reducing the risk of introduction and spread of infectious diseases in beef suckler cattle herds in England and Wales.

Specific hypotheses will be tested by the research:

1. The risk of introduction and spread of infectious diseases will be lower amongst beef suckler cattle herds adopting farm-specific biosecurity risk management strategies compared with beef suckler cattle herds using standard management practices.

2. The use of farm-specific biosecurity risk management strategies is cost-effective for beef suckler cattle herds.
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : evid4 SE4007 for publication   (745k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2008

To: 2013

Cost: £1,743,673
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Royal Veterinary College
Keywords
Animal Diseases              
Animal Health              
Biosecurity              
Disease Prevention              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Health