Differentiated animal health policies

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation would like to customize its animal health policy. A differentiated approach needs to be based on objective risk assessments. Therefore, a scientific preparation and risk assessment of possible directions of differentiation in animal health policy is needed.

To customize and differentiate animal health policy, a differentiation in various categories of animals and / or farming systems (eg commercial and hobby farming) will be used.

In this three-year research program (2011 – 2013), a risk analysis tools is developed to support a differentiated animal health policy. During the project at least three case studies will be carried out. Two cases have been started in 2011: on one grazing systems for sheep and another on preventive culling or vaccination of non-commercial livestock. The topic of the third case study is to be determined in 2012.