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Unit "Cattle Herds Health Managament"

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The unit « Cattle Herds Heath Management » is a project team for both research and development created in 2008. This unit is located within the joint research unit Oniris—INRA “Biology, Epidemiology and Research analysis in Animal Health”. After a first 5 years program, a new one for the period 2014-2018 has been positively evaluated by the French ministry of agriculture.

Our project

Our project deals with the management of the heealth of dairy and beef herds. We aim at producing knowledge and methods to prevent major health disorders of cattle and to improve welfare and reproduction. The knowledge and methods elaborated shall contributte to the rationalisation of the use of antibiotics and athemintics drugs and also contribute to the profitability of the cattle herds.

To adapt and personalize the control strategies for each herd, our project aims also at taking into acoun for the specifities and the contraints of the herds. The research conudcted within this unit deal with epidemiologu, modelling and simulation for decision making in animal health, animal health economics, elaboration and evaluation of control strategies and intervention methods, but los sociology of the different actors invovling in the management of the health of cattle herds.

Partners of the unit Cattle Herds Health Managament 

This units gathers in the same place

  • Engineers and a veterinarian form the French Livestock Institute
  • And researchers and Fellow from Oniris( National College of Veterinary Medicine, Nantes) and form the Departement Animal Health of INRA (UMR BioEpAR).
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The unit can also benefit of the support from local vet and farmers organisation of Britany and Pays de la Loire:

  • Veterinarians and engineers form Animal Health Services (GDS) (GDS)
  • Practitioners from “Bovine practitioner Organization (GTV)

This network is rather unique and original in France. Depending on the projects, other partners can be solicited.

Research and Work Topics 2014-2018

The projects for this 5 years period will deal with 3 different areas

Topic 1- The assessment of innovative methods and technics for the management of cattle herd health

Up to day, 3 projects are planed

Topic 2- Taking into account for the specificities of the herds to optimize the performances

Up to day, 2 projects are planed

Topic 3- Promoting the rationale/reduction use of antibiotics and anthelmintic drugs through the support of farmers and staff involved in cattle health management

Up to day, 2 projects are planed

Research and Work Topics 2008-2013

The projects conducted in the period 2008-2013 dealt with

The production of knowledge for the control of multifactorial diseases and parasitism in cattle
The production of knowledge for the control of endemic infectious diseases
Elaboration of intervention methods to improve cattle health