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Costs to farmers of a tuberculosis breakdown
  1. R. M. Bennett, BSc, MSc, PhD1 and
  2. R. J. Cooke, BSc1
  1. 1Department of Agricultural and Food Economics, University of Reading, PO Box 237, Reading RG6 6AR


An on-farm survey of 151 cattle farmers who had experienced a bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) breakdown on their farms was undertaken in 2003 to assess the costs associated with the breakdown. In 90 per cent of cases the cost was estimated to be less than £18,513 for dairy herds and less than £11,462 for beef herds, but with a range from £229 to £103,817. The main cost was the slaughter of reactor cattle. For the majority of the farmers, the compensation payments seemed to meet most of the costs of their breakdowns, although a majority was still left with net losses.

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