Summary
A comparative analysis was made of 229 technical specifications for 33 good animal husbandry practices relating to 10 spheres defined by two international organisations and Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) with the aim of establishing epidemiological indicators and assessing the impact of applying the indicators to disease prevention, control and eradication programmes. The information compiled was analysed using frequency charts and comparative tables. The analysis revealed that 11 good animal husbandry practices and 65 technical specifications could be applied directly to prevention and control programmes. The specifications for good animal husbandry practices did not include assessment systems based on the estimation of epidemiological indicators of morbidity and mortality. An assessment was made of the records from 292 family livestock farms in southern Chile enrolled in the PABCO official certification programme for livestock establishments for the purpose of promoting good animal husbandry practices. Even though more than 90% of the establishments were found to use good practices, the control of animal movements was not satisfactory (between 30% and 35% of the farms analysed failed to comply with requirements).
 
Keywords
Biosecurity – Good animal husbandry practice – Animal health technical specification – Epidemiological indicator – PABCO official certification programme for livestock establishments – Prevention and control programme – Animal health – Livestock production system.