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Limitations in the implementation of preventive measures and the need of a system-oriented approach

Sundrum, Albert; Dietze, Klaas and Werner, Christina (2009) Limitations in the implementation of preventive measures and the need of a system-oriented approach. In: Proceedings of the XIV ISAH-Congress 2009 (International Society of Animal Hygiene), 19th to 23rd July, Vechta, Germany, pp. 57-60.

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A high level of animal health is demanded by an increasing number of consumers and expected to be realised especially in organic farming. In a study on 20 organic sow herds, conducted to assess the effects of the implementation of animal health plans, the status quo of animal health of sows and piglets and possible constraints which limit the possibilities of appropriate diagnosis, treatment and preventive measures were assessed.
The on-farm assessment brought up a high variability among the farms with regard to standard livestock data and the occurrence of weak-points in hygienic, nutritional and animal health management. Recommendations were elaborated together with the veterinarian and the advisory service. However, in the first year after being given the advice, only a few measures have been implemented.
Where both the complexity and the individuality of farm systems need to be taken into account, it is reasonable to grasp the farm as an ecosystem and to define animal health as an emergent property of the farm system. Within a system approach, animal health precaution plans can be developed as a suitable frame for feedback mechanisms. The use of feedback mechanisms, however, requires a clear guideline concerning the expected output of the system. Consequently, there is a need for a change in the paradigm from a standard-oriented to an output-oriented approach.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic farming, organic sow herds, animal health plans, hygienic, nutritional and animal health management
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: Germany > Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food - BLE
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Animal Nutrition and Animal Health
Deposited By: Hoischen-Taubner, Susanne
ID Code:19327
Deposited On:15 Sep 2011 12:30
Last Modified:15 Sep 2011 12:30
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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