Application of integrated production and economic models to estimate the impact of Schmallenberg virus for various sheep production types in the UK and France

Alarcon, P and Haesler, B and Raboisson, D and Waret-Szkuta, A and Corbiere, F and Rushton, J (2014) Application of integrated production and economic models to estimate the impact of Schmallenberg virus for various sheep production types in the UK and France. VETERINARY RECORD, 1 (1). e000036-e000036.

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Abstract

The present study aimed to estimate and compare the economic impact of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in different sheep production holdings using partial budget and gross margin analyses in combination with production models. The sheep production types considered were lowland spring lambing, upland spring lambing and early lambing flocks in the UK, and grass lamb flocks of the Centre and West of France, extensive lambing flocks and dairy sheep flocks in France. Two disease scenarios with distinct input parameters associated with reproductive problems were considered: low and high impact. Sensitivity analyses were performed for the most uncertain input parameters, and the models were run with all of the lowest and highest values to estimate the range of disease impact.