Intersections of environmental management and biosecurity in animal agriculture

The livestock and poultry environmental learning community webinar series continues this December with environmental management and biosecurity
calendar icon 29 November 2018
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Environmental management and biosecurity are strongly linked; those who advise the livestock and poultry industry on environmental issues are positioned to not only understand their role in biosecurity, but to also better incorporate biosecurity advice into their consulting. Additionally, there are common themes around risk perception and tolerance in decision making regarding adoption of environmental and biosecurity best practices. A consortium of institutions, led by University of Vermont, is conducting in a multi-year USDA CAP project titled, “A human behavioural approach to reducing the impact of livestock pest or disease incursions of socio-economic importance.”

Two issues emerging from this research present themselves as relevant to LPELC audiences. 1) the potential of service providers and supply chain partners in animal industries to be vectors in the spread of disease causing pathogens, as demonstrated through hog supply chain modelling and 2) social science findings on producer concepts of risk and adoption of biosecurity practices.

14 December, 2018 at 2:30 pm EST (1:30 CST; 12:30 MST; and 11:30 am PST)

Presenters: Scott Merrill, Gabriela Bucini, and Tommy Bass

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Emily Houghton

Editor, The Pig Site

Emily Houghton is a Zoology graduate from Cardiff University and was the editor of The Pig Site from October 2017 to May 2020. Emily has worked in livestock husbandry, and has written, conducted and assisted with research projects regarding the synthesis of welfare and productivity of free-range food species.

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