Among others, the current Swiss National Strategy “StAR” aims to reduce the disposal of antimicrobials in farm animals. In Switzerland however, veterinarians make economic profit by disposing antimicrobials to farmers. A reduction of sales will therefore inevitably lead to a reduction in revenues for the veterinarian.
In collaboration with the Bovine Health Service of Zürich, SAFOSO has implemented a study to investigate alternative economic systems in which the disposal of antimicrobials will not be linked to economic benefits for the prescriber. In a first step, the veal calf value chain was analysed in detail and policy options were discussed with both national and international experts. In a second step, promising options were selected and further assessed in an economical model. This model took both the lost income and alternative added revenues for the veterinarian into account.Results
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