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Controlling Wildlife And Livestock Disease With Endogenous On-Farm Biosecurity

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  • Horan, Richard D.
  • Wolf, Christopher A.
  • Fenichel, Eli P.
  • Mathews, Kenneth H., Jr.

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The spread of infectious disease among and between wild and domesticated animals has become a major problem worldwide. We analyze the socially optimal management of wildlife and livestock, including choices involving environmental habitat variables and on-farm biosecurity controls, when wildlife and livestock can spread an infectious disease to each other. The model is applied to the problem of bovine tuberculosis among Michigan white-tailed deer. The optimum is a cycle in which the disease remains endemic in the wildlife, but in which the cattle herd is depleted when the prevalence rate in deer grows too large.

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  • Horan, Richard D. & Wolf, Christopher A. & Fenichel, Eli P. & Mathews, Kenneth H., Jr., 2004. "Controlling Wildlife And Livestock Disease With Endogenous On-Farm Biosecurity," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20349, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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