Biosecurity practices in Spanish pig herds

Researchers of CReSA have evaluated the perceptions of farmers and veterinarians of the most important biosecurity measures. Farmers awarded significantly higher scores to their farms' level of biosecurity than the veterinarians servicing said farms.

The economic importance of the pig industry and the considerable pig movement within Spain call for the implementation of appropriate biosecurity measures to prevent the introduction and spread of disease.

One hundred Spanish pig farms were surveyed to determine the biosecurity measures currently applied, as reported by farmers, and to investigate the importance awarded by farmers and veterinarians to each of these measures. Data was gathered by means of a questionnaire administered to farmers and veterinarians. Biosecurity measures were reported based on two scenarios: in the presence and in the absence of a highly contagious disease. Multiple-correspondence and two-step cluster analyses were performed to investigate the effect of farm type on the biosecurity level.

Farmers awarded significantly higher scores to their farms' level of biosecurity than the veterinarians servicing said farms. According to the farmers and veterinarians, the most important biosecurity measures were those aimed at minimising the risk of disease introduction by visits and vehicles. Biosecurity practices seeking to reduce the risk of disease introduction by breeding stock were not applied on a considerable number of farms.

The findings also revealed that medium-sized to large farms located in high pig density regions reported higher biosecurity measures than small herds located in low pig density areas.

This work has been published in: Simon-Grifé M, Martín-Valls GE, Vilar-Ares MJ, García-Bocanegra I, Martín M, Mateu E, Casal J. Biosecurity practices in Spanish pig herds: Perceptions of farmers and veterinarians of the most important biosecurity measures. Prev Vet Med. 2013 Jun 1;110(2):223-31.

Download the full paper (PubMed): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23273732

To contact with the coordinator of the “Veterinary epidemiology and risk analysis” research subprogram:

Jordi Casal Fàbrega
Email: jordi.casal@cresa.uab.cat
Telephone no.: +34 935814557
Fax: +34 935814490
Edifici CReSA. Campus UAB
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona) Spain

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