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BETTER - COST ACTION CA20103

Biosecurity Enhanced Through Training Evaluation and Raising Awareness

The BETTER COST Action will evaluate how biosecurity is currently used and will use participative approaches to understand motivators and barriers for biosecurity implementation.

ABOUT

Introduction to the Action

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Description

Biosecurity is of paramount importance to prevent the introduction and spread of pathogens and, consequently, to preserve the health of farmed animals.

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Objectives

The overall aim of the Action is to reduce the risk of infectious disease introduction and spread by improving the implementation of biosecurity measures in animal production systems.

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Background

Nowadays, health and welfare, safety and sustainability are crucial elements for ensuring the future of livestock production

STRUCTURE

Meet our Working Groups

WG1

Mapping biosecurity measures applied on farms and transport across Europe

The first working group will address how biosecurity measures are applied in Europe and neighbouring countries, and will identify ways for improvement, especially in production systems where there is a lower level of implementation or in settings where biosecurity is more challenging to carry out.

WG2

Scaling-up the knowledge and experience of stakeholders and of the general public

In the second working group, the Action aims to scale-up the knowledge and experience of different types of stakeholders. This is highly relevant as any training or communication strategies for end-users should be based not only on science but also on the understanding of why stakeholders behave the way they do.

WG3

Methods for evaluation of biosecurity and benefits of its implementation

The third working group will focus on identifying the existing methods used to evaluate biosecurity. At present, methodologies are diverse and have not been compared comprehensively. Such methods can be useful as educational tools and for developing skills in risk-based prioritisation as well as to provide quantitative goals and benchmarks which can be used to position the farm with respect to others.

WG4

Training and dissemination

The fourth working group aims to increase the number of professionals, such as veterinarians and farmers, trained in biosecurity and to develop guidelines and good practices for evidence-based effective communicative strategies for different stakeholders. This is a relevant challenge due to the lack of formal education on this issue.

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On May 4 th, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Central European Time (CET) the third free webinar of the NetPoulSafe project will take place. In this...

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The COST action BETTER (CA20103) launches a new series of webinars focusing on various topics related to farm biosecurity starting from May 2023. The first...

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13 Mar 2023 – 8 May 2023 Gain an overview of biosecurity measures at all stages of poultry production from European poultry farming experts at the University...

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On March 28 th, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. CET the second free webinar of the NetPoulSafe project will take place. In this second webinar we...

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The COST action BETTER (CA20103) will launch (May 2023) a series of webinars focusing on various topics related to farm biosecurity. Background The COST Action...

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