Managing disease risks

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Integrated small ruminant production is important in both commercial agricultural systems in developed economies, and subsistence farming in impoverished regions. The principle of ensuring the best welfare standards of animals that are subject to human care is unambiguous, but challenging in circumstances where impoverished people’s welfare is poorer than that expected by society of their animals. Poverty alleviation first requires the access to equitable means of product marketing, which is increasingly underpinned by provision of assurance of good states of animal welfare. Planned sheep flock health and disease risk management affords the most immediate and pragmatic means of improvement in global sheep production and poverty alleviation, and is a platform for integration of improved animal welfare. This chapter explains the importance of planned sheep flock health with an emphasis on the contexts of global food security and poverty alleviation, and outlines the approach to disease management as a means of ensuring good states of animal welfare and wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Sheep Welfare
EditorsDrewe Ferguson, Caroline Lee, Andrew Fisher
PublisherElsvier WP
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-08-100727-3
ISBN (Print)978-0-08-100718-1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2017

Publication series

NameHerd and Flock Welfare


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