Farm economic analysis of improving biosecurity status and good management practices in farrow-to-finish pig farms

Cristina Rojo Gimeno, Merel Postma, Jeroen Dewulf, Henk Hogeveen, Erwin Wauters

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    Abstract

    Biosecurity implies all the measures that prevent pathogens from entering a farm (external biosecurity) and reducing the spread of pathogens within a farm (internal biosecurity). In densely populated areas like Belgium (it has an average of 6,500,000 pigs, NIS, 2012); biosecurity strategies accompanied by good management practices play a major role to control diseases.

    Recently it has been shown that biosecurity combined with a reduction of use of antimicrobials in pig farms leads to improved technical parameters (Laanen et al., 2013). Despite the existence of a positive link between the enhanced biosecurity status, reduced antimicrobial usage and improved technical parameters farmers sometimes remain reluctant to implement biosecurity measures (Gunn et al., 2008).

    The most important motivators and holdback factors to implement biosecurity strategies are, apparently, of economic nature. The main motivator for farmers is to improve profit due to higher productivity. The major holdback is its costs. Biosecurity measures are perceived as too expensive to implement. The farmers clearly specify that knowledge on the costs of biosecurity strategies will incur and the benefits acquired will motivate them to implement biosecurity strategies and good management practices (Laanen et al., 2014). However, a link between the costs entailed and benefits obtained is lacking. In this study the biosecurity status of farrow-to-finish herds was improved and the herd management optimized by providing tailored advice. The aim of this study was to estimate the benefits of implementing biosecurity measures and good management strategies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages3
    Publication statusPublished - 24-Oct-2014
    EventVEE, AESA seminar new challenges in epidemiology: how do we adapt? - Brussles, Belgium
    Duration: 24-Oct-201424-Oct-2014

    Conference

    ConferenceVEE, AESA seminar new challenges in epidemiology: how do we adapt?
    CountryBelgium
    CityBrussles
    Period24/10/1424/10/14

    Keywords

    • B680-epidemiology
    • biosecurity pig farms
    • veterinary epidemiology
    • animal health economics
    • farm economic analysis

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