Cost Benefits of E-Surveillance System for Animal Health Monitoring

GHD Hassall completed, on behalf of Animal Health Australia, a benefit-cost analysis of the potential implementation of an E-Surveillance system on the small stock chain of Australian abattoirs. The aim of this analysis was to determine the potential benefit to producers and animal health policy makers of tracking the incidence of endemic disease within the Australian sheep and goat populations.

A number of projects on abattoir surveillance and reporting of disease conditions to producers have been completed in Australia1. The results from these analyses have indicated benefits to the producing sector of such surveillance, but have not included a benefit-cost analysis for the whole of the supply chain.