Vaccinating against CSF is cheaper
There are reasons to believe that vaccinating pigs is
better than killing them in case of a Classical Swine Fever (CSF)
The Agricultural Economical Institute (LEI) of Wageningen University and
Research Centre in the Netherlands, having done a survey into Classical Swine
Fever management, concluded that vaccinating is cheaper than killing entire
The majority of the costs when culling pigs during a CSF
outbreak is created by either destruction or vaccinated storage pig-meat. In the latter
case, these costs are lower, according to the LEI.
However, in then case
of vaccination, these costs pressurise the industry as a whole - it's not only
those premises directly hit.
reason, LEI advises a so-called ring vaccination when the disease has been found
on five or more locations. All farms in a 2 to 5 km radius should be vaccinated
in that case. Less farms are said to be thus affected and the outbreak
Research showed that consumers do not mind when the animals are vaccinated.
However, there is a difficulty as authorities and industries involved have to
agree on responsibilities.
â€¢ Landbouw Economisch Instituut (LEI)
â€¢ Wageningen University and
Research Centre (WUR)
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