Measuring general animal health status: Development of an animal health barometer.

Last updated on 23-8-2019 by Anonymous (not verified)

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The development of an animal health barometer, an instrument to measure the general health of the Belgian livestock population on a yearly basis and to monitor its evolution over time, is described. The elaboration of a set of 13 animal health indicators (AHIs) as the basis for the animal health barometer is discussed. These indicators were weighted by experts — including scientists, policy makers and agro-industrial representatives — to determine their relative weight in the barometer. The result of the barometer is expressed as a comparison with a previous year. Based on the results of th…

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