Agriculture and fisheries

Producer Incentives in Livestock Disease Management

Published on September 11, 2017


Management of farm animal diseases is increasingly important in view of the threats they pose to farm incomes and sometimes even to the viability of farm enterprises, wildlife and humans. This report analyses the incentives for individual farmers to manage such risks and the governments' role to align farmer incentives with public objectives.

Identifying and assessing animal disease risks, as well as understanding their financial implications, are central to decisions made by farmers. The report examines the economic drivers of farmer decisions and government economic instruments, such as compensation related to livestock epidemics. It further discusses a spectrum of psychological and social drivers of farmer behaviour and emphasises the importance of government's more extensive role in the areas of information, communication and education related to disease management. Finally, farmer collective action in various areas of disease management is considered, such as capacity building, risk insurance, surveillance, and responses to disease outbreaks. The case studies of livestock disease management in Australia, Chile and Korea complement this analysis.


Executive summary
Economic, social, and internal factors of farmer decision-making related to animal disease4 chapters available
Farmer and public roles in livestock disease management
Economic determinants of farmer decision-making related to animal disease
Insights from behavioural economics into farmer livestock disease management
Issues of livestock disease management beyond the farm: Collective action, the role of food chains, and influences from wildlife
Case studies in livestock disease management3 chapters available
Case study in livestock disease management: Australia
Case study in livestock disease management: Chile
Case study in livestock disease management: Korea
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