Special Issue "Animal Diseases in Agriculture Production Systems: Trends and Impacts"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 February 2013)
Prof. Dr. M. D. (Mo) Salman
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Campus Mail 1681, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1681, USA
Phone: +1 (970) 491-7950
Fax: +1 (970) 491-1889
Interests: veterinary epidemiology; infectious animal diseases; food security; risk assessment for animal health issues
Aim/theme: To present the impact of animal diseases on agriculture production systems with an emphasis on the disease trends, production losses, and potential solutions.
Justifications: Animal diseases, including zoonotic and other infectious diseases, have been considered a major hurdle in the livestock production systems particularly in economic and trade issues. Several recent global and regional events have threatened food security due to emerging or re-emerging animal diseases. Trends and other diseases’ epidemiological characteristics have been changed, explored, or modified during the last four to five decades. Although several technical reports, monographs, and journal articles have been produced to address these issues, limited synthesis of the findings and information has been presented to link these issues to entire livestock and agriculture systems. This special issue will address the impact on animal diseases in agriculture production systems with an emphasis on the disease trends, production losses, and potential solutions.
- Animal diseases in agriculture systems: What we know?
- Economic impacts of animal diseases in agriculture system and their threat to food security
- Climate changes and their contributions to the trends and distribution of animal diseases
- Social and political impacts on the occurrence and spread of animal diseases in agriculture systems
- Education and training and their influence on combating the spread of animal diseases
Prof. Dr. Mo D. Salman
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- animal diseases
- epidemiological characteristics
- economic impacts
- climate changes
- food security
Agriculture 2013, 3(2), 221-235; doi:10.3390/agriculture3020221
Received: 18 February 2013; in revised form: 18 March 2013 / Accepted: 21 March 2013 / Published: 10 April 2013| Download PDF Full-text (184 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Agriculture 2013, 3(2), 271-284; doi:10.3390/agriculture3020271
Received: 25 February 2013; in revised form: 16 April 2013 / Accepted: 17 April 2013 / Published: 24 April 2013| Download PDF Full-text (563 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Agriculture 2013, 3(2), 299-309; doi:10.3390/agriculture3020299
Received: 22 February 2013; in revised form: 27 April 2013 / Accepted: 28 April 2013 / Published: 17 May 2013| Download PDF Full-text (307 KB) | Download XML Full-text
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Udder Health Management in Dairy Farms with Outstandingly Low Bulk Milk Somatic Cell Counts
Authors: Otto Volling 1, Matthias Gauly 2 and Volker Krömker 1
Affiliations: 1 Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Mechanical and Bioprocess Engineering, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover, 30453 Hannover, Germany
2 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 37075 Göttingen, Germany
Abstract: The aim of the present work was to explore the management conditions and the udder health strategy of the dairy farms with outstandingly good udder health expressed as low mean DHI milk cell counts over more than one year in Lower Saxony. During on-farm visits, information about farm structure, husbandry systems, milking, staff, feeding, dry cow and young cow management, fertility and animal health management was collected. Based on cluster analysis, three different general udder health strategies could be identified. Beside farms with a high therapeutic effort (>30 mastitis therapies per 100 cow years under risk) and enterprises with high culling rates (productive life < 28 months), one third of the farms reached and consolidated the udder health with low therapeutic effort and an over average productive lifespan of the cows. Generally, the management of dairy farms with outstandingly good udder health was in accordance with the current scientific knowledge, but the farmers performed it with special care and continuity.
Type of Paper: Review
Title: Advances in Ileitis Control, Diagnosis, Epidemiology and the Economic Impacts of Disease in Commercial Pig Herds
Author: Alison Collins
Affiliations: Department of Primary Industries New South Wales, Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, PMB 4008, Narellan, New South Wales 2567, Australia
Abstract: Proliferative enteropathy continues to be a significant production-limiting disease in pig herds throughout the world. The disease can be controlled with a combination of vaccination and antibiotic medication. However pressure from consumers to reduce antibiotic use highlights the need to better understand the epidemiology of ileitis, the mechanisms of immunity, and to identify management factors that can reduce the load of Lawsonia intracellularis in both pigs and the environment. New diagnostic assays and economic modeling of disease will help producers target optimal treatment strategies and times to minimize production losses. This review outlines the current advances in disease diagnosis, epidemiology, control strategies and the economic impact of both clinical and sub-clinical disease.
Last update: 17 January 2013