Effects of different broiler production systems on health care costs in the Netherlands

E. Gocsik, H.E. Kortes, A.G.J.M. Oude Lansink, H.W. Saatkamp

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Abstract

This study analyzed the effects of different broiler production systems on health care costs in the Netherlands. In addition to the conventional production system, the analysis also included 5 alternative animal welfare systems representative of the Netherlands. The study was limited to the most prevalent and economically relevant endemic diseases in the broiler farms. Health care costs consisted of losses and expenditures. The study investigated whether higher animal welfare standards increased health care costs, in both absolute and relative terms, and also examined which cost components (losses or expenditures) were affected and, if so, to what extent. The results show that health care costs represent only a small proportion of total production costs in each production system. Losses account for the major part of health care costs, which makes it difficult to detect the actual effect of diseases on total health care costs. We conclude that, although differences in health care costs exist across production systems, health care costs only make a minor contribution to the total production costs relative to other costs, such as feed costs and purchase of 1-d-old chicks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1301-1317
JournalPoultry Science
Volume93
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • infectious bursal disease
  • escherichia-coli infection
  • endemic livestock diseases
  • poultry production systems
  • necrotic enteritis
  • economic-impact
  • animal-welfare
  • risk-factors
  • clostridium-perfringens
  • eimeria-acervulina

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