Why should you measure / quantify biosecurity ?

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    Why should you measure / quantify biosecurity ? Why is it important for your farm ?


    The advantage of measuring biosecurity is that you make biosecurity quantitative and tangible. by measuring biosecurity you can see how good the biosecurity on a farm is performing and where the weak and strong points are. In systems that allow benchmarking (comparison to other farms) you can also compare your results with the results of others which allows you even better to see how well you are performig.
    Measuring biosecurity also gives you the opportunity to measure the improvements made. If there are some weak points in specific components of the biosecurity you can develop a plan to improve these and later on, by means of a new biosecurity audit, you can measure (and demonstrate in numbers) which improvements are made.


    Do you get a note, or a graphic result to quantify biosecurity ?


    When using the Biocheck.ugent scoring system you get both a report and a spider plot.
    In the report you see for each subcategory of the survey, your own score, a worldwide (global) average and if available a national average. The average of all scores per subcategory within external and internal biosecurity, after taking their specific weight into account, gives a subtotal for external and internal biosecurity. The average of internal and external biosecurity results in a score for the total biosecurity.

    In the spider plots the letters in the different axis, correspond to the different subcategories within the survey. These letters are also in front of each subcategory in the table of the same report.
    If you wish to know which questions were responsible for this score, you can easily look it up again in the paper/online version of the survey.

    more info can be found on https://biocheckgent.com/en/faq

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