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Scottish COVID-19 Response Consortium Stakeholder Report

Yasmin Abdalla, Harriet Auty, Lisa Boden, Alys Brett, Min Chen, Ruth Dundas, Glenn Marion, Louise Matthews, Iain McKendrick, Dominic Mellor, Richard Reeve The Scottish COVID-19 Response Consortium has successfully developed a suite of epidemiological models and a sustainable framework for mobilising relevant modelling expertise to transform approaches to rapid real-time decision-making in disease outbreaks. The work undertaken by SCRC highlights the critical importance of an interdisciplinary Open Science, One Health approach to pandemic preparedness and response.

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Estimating society’s economic welfare of an animal disease (609KB, pdf)

Alyson Barratt Animal diseases impact the productivity and financial profitability of affected farms. While evaluating economic welfare associated with animal health is particularly important from various perspectives, the cost of many livestock diseases is usually not estimated beyond the farmgate. The aim of this study was to develop and apply a modelling framework to analyse the distribution of economic welfare among stakeholders associated with Johne’s disease in Scotland.

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Understanding Backyard Poultry Keepers and their Attitudes to Biosecurity: Final Report

Carol Kyle and Lee-Ann Sutherland Small-scale poultry keeping is becoming more common across Scotland, but very little known about the practices of small-scale poultry keepers. The overall objective of this research is to improve our understanding of the biosecurity practices (including poultry movements) of poultry producers, and how these relate to perceptions of disease risk (particularly in response to potential Avian Influenza outbreaks).

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Exploring farmers views on the uptake of cattle traceability technology (918KB, pdf)

Carol Kyle, Dominic Duckett & Lee-Ann Sutherland EPIC scientists from The James Hutton Institute conducted the research described in the report ‘Exploring farmers views on the uptake of cattle traceability technology‘ in order to improve understanding of how EID technology is perceived by farmers & crofters, and identify barriers for uptake. The research findings provide a valuable resource for scientists, industry stakeholders and government when discussing the use of EID technology with farmers & crofters.

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