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Modelling of control options for an outbreak of Mycoplasma gallisepticum in egg production: a decision support tool

Bennett, R., McClement, I., McFarlane, I. and Parker, D. (2013) Modelling of control options for an outbreak of Mycoplasma gallisepticum in egg production: a decision support tool. Veterinary Journal, 199 (1). pp. 72-75. ISSN 1090-0233

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.09.068

Abstract/Summary

Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) is a bacterium that causes respiratory disease in chickens, leading to reduced egg production. A dynamic simulation model was developed that can be used to assess the costs and benefits of control using antimicrobials or vaccination in caged or free range systems. The intended users are veterinarians and egg producers. A user interface is provided for input of flock specific parameters. The economic consequence of an MG outbreak is expressed as a reduction in expected egg output. The model predicts that either vaccination or microbial treatment can approximately halve potential losses from MG in some circumstances. Sensitivity analysis is used to test assumptions about infection rate and timing of an outbreak. Feedback from veterinarians points to the value of the model as a discussion tool with producers.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
ID Code:35474
Uncontrolled Keywords:Lameness; Dairy cattle; Farmers; Willingness to pay
Publisher:Elsevier

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