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The animal health barometer



 
 
Measuring animal health
Results
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Results

 

As far as available, data were gathered for all 13 animal health indicators from 2007 on and the difference between results of two successive years were calculated in percentage. Taking into account the relative importance of each indicator, the average of these differences in terms of percentage gives the value of the barometer which reflects the animal health situation.


- Evolution


- Results Animal health barometer 2008
- Results Animal health barometer 2009
- Results Animal health barometer 2010
- Results Animal health barometer 2011

- Results Animal health barometer 2012

- Results Animal health barometer 2013
- Results Animal health barometer 2014

- Results Animal health barometer 2015

- Results Animal health barometer 2016

 

EVOLUTION





Despite a minor decrease in 2016, the animal health barometer has shown a generally positive evolution since 2007.




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ANIMAL HEALTH BAROMETER 2008



Between 2007 and 2008 the animal health barometer decreased slightly (- 1,1%). Despite a clear improvement with regard to mortality (especially in small ruminants) after the bluetongue epidemic in 2007, this slight decrease was mainly due to an impaired vigilance with regard to mandatory notifiable diseases.


Figure - Visual presentation of the animal health barometer over the years 2007-2008.
(scale 70% up to +30%)
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ANIMAL HEALTH BAROMETER 2009



The animal health barometer 2009 indicates an increase of + 4,7% compared to 2008. This was mainly due to an improved vigilance with regard to mandatory notifiable diseases and a decrease of mortality in slaughter pigs, small ruminants and veal calves. On the other hand, there was a clear decrease in 2009 with regard to vigilance for bovine abortions.


Figure - Visual presentation of the animal health barometer over the years 2008-2009.
(scale –30% up to +50%)
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ANIMAL HEALTH BAROMETER 2010



Between 2009 and 2010 the animal health barometer increased with + 16,7%. This increase was mainly due to an increase in the number of companies which have a validated self-checking system. Furthermore there was an improved vigilance for bovine abortions due to the installation of the ‘abortion protocol’.


Figure - Visual presentation of the animal health barometer over the years 2009-2010.
(scale –100% up to +200%)
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ANIMAL HEALTH BAROMETER 2011



The 2011 animal health barometer indicates an increase of + 6,5% compared with 2010. As in previous years there was an increase in the number of companies which have a validated self-checking system and an increased vigilance with regard to bovine abortions.



Figure - Visual presentation of the animal health barometer over the years 2010-2011.
(scale –10% up to +60%)
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ANIMAL HEALTH BAROMETER 2012



Compared to 2011, the animal health barometer showed a remarkable increase with +14,3% in 2012. This positive evolution is mainly due to an improved vigilance with regard to mandatory notifiable animal diseases and with regard to bovine abortion. Furthermore, there is a higher number of companies in the animal production chain which have a validated self-checking system and a lower mortality among slaughter pigs.

Figure - Visual presentation of the animal health barometer over the years 2011-2012.
(scale –20% up to +140%)
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ANIMAL HEALTH BAROMETER 2013



Compared to 2012, there was a slight decrease (- 2,0%) of the animal health barometer. This result is due to fluctuations in several indicators, both positive and negative. A positive evolution is observed with regard to antimicrobial sensitivity of E. coli indicator germs in poultry, pigs, young calves and veal calves and with regard to the number of farms which apply a validated or certified self-checking system. Furthermore, there is a decrease in the mortality statistics of slaughter pigs and veal calves as well as in the number of poultry carcasses declared non-compliant. However, a negative evolution is seen with regard to the notification of mandatory notifiable animal diseases in general and with regard to the notification of bovine abortions. This can be explained by a decreased vigilance by field operators and/or by the fact that the effect of the Schmallenbergvirus outbreak on the increase of bovine abortion notification in 2012 has worn off in 2013. The mortality of small ruminants remains high and has even increased in 2013. Also with regard to the inspections in the primary animal production chain, and especially for the traceability inspections, the results were less favorable compared to 2012. The latter is mainly due to the less favorable results of the inspections on identification and registration of sheep, goats and cervids.

Figure - Visual presentation of the animal health barometer over the years 2012-2013.
(scale –100% up to +60%)
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ANIMAL HEALTH BAROMETER 2014



Compared to 2013, the animal health barometer shows a clear improvement (+ 12%) in 2014. The indicators regarding notifications (mandatory notifiable animal diseases as well as bovine abortions) are displaying a positive evolution which is interpreted as an improved surveillance of animal diseases. The indicator regarding antimicrobial sensitivity of E. coli indicator bacteria of poultry, pigs, young bovines and veal calves is also showing a very positive evolution.

Only the indicators concerning mortality of slaughters pigs and regarding traceability inspections in primary animal production are showing a negative evolution. The latter is mainly due to less favorable results of the inspections regarding the identification and registration of sheep, goats and cervids.



Figure - Visual presentation of the animal health barometer over the years 2013-2014.
(scale –10% up to +80%)
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ANIMAL HEALTH BAROMETER 2015



Compared to 2014, the animal health barometer displayed no overall change (0%) in 2015, which does not mean that there were no changes in the individual indicators. The indicator on antimicrobial sensitivity of E. coli bacteria in poultry, pigs, young bovines and veal calves showed a very favorable evolution. There has also been an increase in the number of notifications of bovine abortions, which is interpreted as an improved surveillance of animal diseases.

On the other hand, the number of notifications of mandatory notifiable animal diseases showed a negative evolution which in turn is indicative of a reduced surveillance of notifiable animal diseases.

To conclude, it should be mentioned that the indicator on animal welfare inspections could not be calculated anymore because the inspection of animal welfare has recently become a part of the competences of the regions and the former scoring system of the FASFC is no longer applied.



Figure - Visual presentation of the animal health barometer over the years 2014-2015.
(scale –25% up to +15%)
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ANIMAL HEALTH BAROMETER 2016



Compared to 2015, a slight decrease ( -0.8%) can be observed in the animal health barometer in 2016. This decrease is mainly due to an unfavourable evolution of the indicator on antibiotic sensitivity of E. coli bacteria in poultry, pigs, young bovine animals and veal calves, the mortality rate of small ruminants and the notification of bovine abortions. In addition, it should also be noted that the indicator on the number of primary animal production businesses with a validated self-checking system has slightly dropped for the second consecutive year. There has also been a slight decrease in the indicator on traceability inspections for the fifth consecutive year.

The number of notifications of notifiable animal diseases, on the other hand, shows a positive evolution, which points to an improved surveillance of notifiable animal diseases.

Finally, it should be noted that the indicator on the inspections of animal welfare could no longer be calculated, since the monitoring of animal welfare has recently become a regional responsibility (this was already the case in 2015). The FASFC’s former scoring system thus no longer applies.



Figure - Visual presentation of the animal health barometer over the years 2015-2016
(scale –30% up to +60%)
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