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The Costs of Biosecurity at the Farm Level: the Case of Finnish Broiler


  • Siekkinen, K.-M.
  • Heikkila, Jaakko
  • Tammiranta, N.
  • Rosengren, H.


In the European Union, the animal health and food safety strategy includes managing biosecurity along the entire production chain. Farm-level biosecurity provides the foundation for this. However, the farm-level costs of preventive biosecurity have rarely been assessed. Yet many risk management practices are in place constantly regardless of whether there is a disease outbreak or not. We contribute towards filling this information gap by studying the costs incurred in preventive biosecurity by the Finnish poultry farms. In a preliminary analysis, we find that the cost of biosecurity is some 3.55 cents per bird for broiler producers and 75.7 cents per bird for hatching egg producers. The results indicate that work-time devoted to biosecurity represents some 8% of total work time on broiler farms and about 5% on breeder farms.

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  • Siekkinen, K.-M. & Heikkila, Jaakko & Tammiranta, N. & Rosengren, H., 2008. "The Costs of Biosecurity at the Farm Level: the Case of Finnish Broiler," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 44240, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaae08:44240

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    1. Junwook Chi & Alfons Weersink & John A. VanLeeuwen & Gregory P. Keefe, 2002. "The Economics of Controlling Infectious Diseases on Dairy Farms," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 50(3), pages 237-256, November.
    2. David A. Hennessy, 2007. "Biosecurity and Spread of an Infectious Animal Disease," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 89(5), pages 1226-1231.
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