Biosecurity and disease control perceptions and practices of Vietnamese smallholder pig farmers
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Barot, M. 2017. Biosecurity and disease control perceptions and practices of Vietnamese smallholder pig farmers. MSc thesis in Veterinary Public Health. Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.
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Pork is the most widely consumed meat in Vietnam and plays a key role in meeting the public demand for protein. It is estimated that 80% of pork consumed in Vietnam is sourced from smallholder farmers who can have their animal production and livelihood impacted by the introduction and spread of infectious diseases. Implementation of biosecurity and disease control practices can play a crucial role in negating these impacts. This study sampled 420 smallholder pig farmers in Vietnam to identify farmer perceptions and practices relating to biosecurity and disease control. The study found a majority (82%) of farmers reported experiencing one or more instances of pig disease in the last year, with self-treatment as the first response for 70% of farmers. Other measures such as disinfection mattresses and visitor control were used by 94% and 75% of the farmers respectively. Measures such as rodent control and quarantine of animals were poorly adopted, with respective adoption rates of 20% and 6%. Farmer perceptions revealed a desire to improve their knowledge and understanding of pig production and specifically biosecurity and disease control practices. Findings from this study will form part of a participatory approach to improving farm production and livelihoods through a understanding of current biosecurity and disease control practices and perceptions.