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Instant Insights: Improving biosecurity in livestock production


Dr Jeroen Dewulf is a full Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University. His main research interests are quantitative epidemiology and control of zoonoses with a specific emphasis on antimicrobial use and resistance in animals as well as the prevention of epidemic and endemic diseases with a focus on the application of biosecurity measures. He is the head of the Veterinary Epidemiology Unit and is supervising over 10 Ph.D. students who are doing research in the field of veterinary epidemiology. He is (co-)author of over 300 A1 publications in the field of veterinary epidemiology with an H-index of 45. He is the principal author of the annual Belgian report on Antimicrobial Consumption in Animals (BelVetSac) and chair of the JPI-AMR network on the quantification of antimicrobial consumption in animals at herd level. Since 2009 he is a member of the scientific committee of the Belgian federal food agency and is the founder and chair of the board of the center of expertise on antimicrobial use and resistance in animals (AMCRA) in Belgium.



Publication date:

20 June 2023

Length of book:

150 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801466318

Paperback - £37.99
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This collection features five peer-reviewed reviews on improving biosecurity in livestock production.

The first chapter highlights the importance of implementing biosecurity measures along the pig production chain as a means of minimising disease introduction (external biosecurity) and spread (internal biosecurity) throughout the farm.

The second chapter reviews the diagnosis and monitoring of common pig diseases, as well as the control measures that can be implemented on the farm, focussing on the importance of establishing effective biosecurity measures.

The third chapter provides a brief overview of the emergence and re-emergence of several infectious pathogens of poultry. The chapter highlights the integral role of improving biosecurity in poultry flocks as a means of mitigating future disease risk, including proper cleaning and disinfection techniques.

The fourth chapter provides an overview of good farming practices for beef cattle farms, with particular discussion of biosecurity, animal welfare and the importance of clean cattle policies.

The final chapter summarises key issues of biosecurity which arise in organic animal farming and discusses their significance to human health. Two case studies are presented to demonstrate the successful implementation of biosecurity plans as a means of reducing disease risk.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - On-farm strategies for preventing pig diseases: improving biosecurity: Jeroen Dewulf and Dominiek Maes, Ghent University, Belgium; 1 Introduction 2 What is biosecurity? 3 External biosecurity measures 4 Internal biosecurity measures 5 Measuring biosecurity 6 Conclusion 7 References
Chapter 2 - Disease identification and management on the pig farm: Dominiek Maes, Jeroen Dewulf, Filip Boyen and Freddy Haesebrouck, Ghent University, Belgium; 1 Introduction 2 Disease identification 3 Disease management and control: overview 4 External biosecurity 5 Internal biosecurity 6 Vaccination and antimicrobial medication 7 Future trends in diagnostics and disease monitoring and control 8 Conclusion 9 Where to look for further information 10 References
Chapter 3 - Improving biosecurity in poultry flocks: Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt and Manon Racicot, Université de Montréal, Canada; and Mattias Delpont, École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, France; 1 Introduction 2 Reducing sources of contamination: cleaning and disinfection of poultry barns 3 Reducing sources of contamination: equipment and vehicles
4 Reducing sources of contamination: water and feed hygiene 5 Reducing sources of contamination: insect, mite and rodent pests, wild birds and pets 6 Reducing sources of contamination: manure, litter and dead birds 7 Separating healthy birds from sources of contamination: zoning production sites 8 Separating healthy birds from sources of contamination: hatchery 9 Separating healthy birds from sources of contamination: regional biosecurity 10 Biosecurity compliance 11 The economics of biosecurity 12 Conclusion and future trends 13 Where to look for further information 14 References
Chapter 4 - Food safety management on farms producing beef: Peter Paulsen, Frans J. M. Smulders and Friederike Hilbert, University of Veterinary Medicine, Austria; 1 Introduction 2 Good farming practices and biosecurity for beef cattle farms 3 Animal handling and animal welfare 4 Clean cattle policy 5 From GFP to pre-harvest food safety management: the case of E. coli O157 6 Quality assurance programmes for beef production 7 Summary 8 Future trends in research 9 Where to look for further information 10 References
Chapter 5 - Biosecurity and safety for humans and animals in organic animal farming: K. Ellis, Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Glasgow, UK; 1 Introduction 2 The challenges of biosecurity risk in organic farming 3 Food safety summary 4 Controlling infectious diseases 5 Conclusions and future trends 6 Case studies 7 Where to look for further information 8 References