Prophylaxis
 

Animal diseases cause heavy economic losses both for individual farmers and at national or regional levels. The prevention and control of diseases aims to permanently or temporarily reduce these losses and, as far as the major animal epidemics are concerned, to prevent the economic and social catastrophes which accompany them.

The control of animal health presents possible repercussions on the environment:

  • Chemical substances (e.g. antibiotics) and pesticides (against parasites and vectors of disease) can have direct effects on the environment by affecting unintended target organisms and animals, thus disturbing the functioning of ecosystems.
  • Some ecological, biological and mechanical methods replace the use of pesticides, particularly against external parasites. Environmental effects of non-chemical control methods are generally considered to be much lower.

Title

Authors

Country

Date

Sustainable worm control strategies for sheep

Abbott, Taylor, Stubbings

All

2009

Small scale poultry production

FAO

All

2004

Guide to good dairy farming practices

FAO

All

2011

Non-Chemical Methods of Combating External Parasites of Livestock

FAO

All

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Various documents

FAO

All

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