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One has a very hard time persuading a vet that animal disease is not animportant phenomenon of veterinary science that also has financialimplications, but is fundamentally an economic problem that has someveterinary science aspects (McInerney, 1996, p.301).The existence of diseases of agricultural animals impose costs on communities, either as costs of thedisease or as costs of avoiding the costs of the disease. In this paper, the focus is on economic ways ofthinking about the health of agricultural animals. In part one, the essence of economic approaches toanalysis of problems is outlined. Then in part two a common method of analysing the costs and benefits ofreducing or preventing agricultural animal disease is shown, and the flaws highlighted. In part three usefuleconomic ways of thinking about the costs and benefits associated with animal disease and its preventionand reduction are explained.

Subject(s): Livestock Production/Industries

Issue Date: May 02 2003

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/234167

Total Pages: 14

Series Statement: Paper


Record appears in: Australasian Agribusiness Perspectives > Papers

Autor: Malcolm, Bill

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/234167?ln=en

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