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.


Introduction to the Action



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



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.



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


Meet our Working Groups


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.


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.


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.


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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WEBINAR: Decision making on Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemiological and economic challenges Wednesday October 4, 2023 (2:00 PM – 5:30 PM CET) The online webinar...


You are invited to serve as an expert in the development of a new biosecurity survey/scoring system for transport vehicles. The development of this survey...


Get up-to-date on the biosecurity aspects in livestock production with Biocheck’s online training from 18 October till 13 December 2023. Five sessions (+ one optional)...


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On June 29th, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Central European Time (CET) the fourth free webinar of the NetPoulSafe project will take place. In this webinar...


The meeting was held last 20 and 21st of June with the participation of around 80 people The suggested hotels: In addition there are three hotels...

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