Salmonellosis is a disease present in the cattle herds of England with clinical presentations such as abortion storms that can have devastating farm-level economic consequences. Using farm-specific costs and revenues, a partial budget analysis estimated the economic impact of a Salmonella outbreak. A breakeven analysis was used to estimate the point at which vaccination as a preventative measure would be economically more profitable than managing acute salmonellosis as it occurs. The analysis showed that the costs of disease were greater than the costs of controlling the disease on farm, and that vaccination would be beneficial versus a scenario of managing an outbreak every 16 or less years. Vaccination against salmonellosis is a preventative measure that incorporates high costs, but can reveal itself as an investment to prevent higher losses. Practitioners should use economic analysis tools to discuss with their clients the best options for disease management.
- Dairy cattle
- Farm economics
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Contributors AFD has gathered, analysed and interpreted the study data and has drafted the work. JR had a major contribution in the methods for the data analysis and in revising the work critically for important intellectual content.
Competing interests None declared.
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