Application of an economic calculator to determine the cost of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome at farm-level in 21 pig herds in Germany.

Renken, C; Nathues, C; Swam, H; Fiebig, K; Weiss, C; Eddicks, M; Ritzmann, M; Nathues, H (2021). Application of an economic calculator to determine the cost of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome at farm-level in 21 pig herds in Germany. Porcine health management, 7(1), p. 3. BioMed Central 10.1186/s40813-020-00183-x

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BACKGROUND

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) continues to be a major economic issue for the swine industry worldwide, not only due to acute outbreaks but also endemic infections. PRRS disease severity and consequently financial losses can vary greatly between endemically infected farms and estimation of damage is challenging. This study aimed to assess the economic effect of PRRS in a systematic way at individual farm-level for endemically infected herds, using a PRRS cost simulation tool. In total 21 German sow herds with endemic PRRSV infection were investigated. Data on health and production performance, farm management and environment to be fed into the calculator was collected on each farm, and blood samples taken to confirm the PRRSV status.

RESULTS

All study farms experienced a significant loss attributable to PRRS. The median farm budget across all farms was - 31 € per sow and year, compared to a median simulated farm budget of 248 € if these farms had been PRRSV negative. The median total loss attributable to PRRS was 74,181 € per farm per year, corresponding to a median total loss per sow and year of 255 €. The impact of PRRS on farm profits was - 19.1% on average and - 41% in the worst case.

CONCLUSIONS

The calculated losses give a good hint of the economic damage due to PRRS for the pig industry. Even in endemically infected farms, farmers face a non-negligible damage and profit from a concerted PRRS control. The calculator has proven itself in the field to render a valid estimation of losses due to PRRS in endemically infected farms.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Swine Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)

UniBE Contributor:

Nathues, Heiko

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

2055-5660

Publisher:

BioMed Central

Language:

English

Submitter:

Nathalie Viviane Zollinger

Date Deposited:

27 Jan 2021 15:51

Last Modified:

31 Jan 2021 02:59

Publisher DOI:

10.1186/s40813-020-00183-x

PubMed ID:

33397503

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Cost simulation tool Economic loss PPRSV endemic infection PRRS control

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/151398

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/151398

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