Fact Check 4:
Livestock Disease Eradication
The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) series, Livestock Fact Check, investigates the provenance of popular livestock related facts. The objective is to ensure robust, up-to-date and appropriately interpreted facts inform relevant discussions and decisions.
The control of livestock diseases, with eventual eradication, would appear desirable. However, following the global effort to eradicate Rinderpest, can we confidently quantify the benefits as being worth billions of dollars?