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Costs to farmers of a tuberculosis breakdown

Bennett, R. M. and Cooke, R. J. (2006) Costs to farmers of a tuberculosis breakdown. Veterinary Record, 158 (13). pp. 429-432. ISSN 0042-4900

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An on-farm survey of 151 cattle farmers who had experienced a bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) breakdown on their farms was undertaken in 2003 to assess the costs associated with the breakdown. In 90 per cent of cases the cost was estimated to be less than 18,513 pound for dairy herds and less than El 1,462 for beef herds, but with a range from 229 pound to 103,817 pound. The main cost was the slaughter of reactor cattle. For the majority of the farmers, the compensation payments seemed to meet most of the costs of their breakdowns, although a majority was still left with net losses.

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Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
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