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Title: Predicted costs and benefits of eradicating BVDV from Ireland
Authors: Stott, Alistair W
Humphry, Roger W
Gunn, George J
Higgins, Isabella
Hennessy, Thia
O’Flaherty, Joe
Graham, David A
Keywords: Bovine viral diarrhoea virus
Issue Date: 2-Jul-2012
Publisher: Biomed Central
Citation: Stott, A., Humphrey, R.W., Gunn, G.J., Higgins, I., Hennessy, T.,O'Flaherty, J., Graham, D.A. Predicted costs and benefits of eradicating BVDV from Ireland. Irish Veterinary Journal, (2012),65(1):12. DOI: 10.1186/2046-0481-65-12
Series/Report no.: Irish Veterinary Journal.
Abstract: Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) causes an economically important endemic disease (BVD) of cattle in Ireland and worldwide. Systematic eradication by detection and removal of infectious (BVDV carrier) cattle has been successful in several regions. We therefore assessed the benefits (disease losses avoided) and costs (testing and culling regime) of a potential eradication programme in Ireland. Published bio-economic models of BVDV spread in beef suckler herds and dairy herds were adapted to estimate potential benefits of eradication in Ireland. A simple model of BVDV spread in beef finisher herds was devised to estimate the benefits of eradication in this sector. A six year eradication programme consisting of 5 inter-related virological and serological testing programmes is outlined and costed. We found that the annualised benefits of BVDV eradication in Ireland exceeded the costs by a factor of 5 in the beef suckler sector and a factor of 14 in the dairy sector. Corresponding payback periods were 1.2 and 0.5 years respectively. These results highlight the significant economic impact of BVDV on the Irish cattle industry and suggest a clear economic benefit to eradication using the proposed approach. This type of cost-benefit analysis is considered an essential prerequisite prior to undertaking an eradication campaign of this magnitude.
Description: peer-reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/297
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