Rapid effective trace-back capability value: a case study of foot-and-mouth in the Texas High Plains. Academic Article uri icon


  • In this study our aim was to value the benefits of rapid effective trace-back capability-based on a livestock identification system - in the event of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak. We simulated an FMD outbreak in the Texas High Plains, an area of high livestock concentration, beginning in a large feedlot. Disease spread was simulated under different time dependent animal tracing scenarios. In the specific scenario modeled (incursion of FMD within a large feedlot, detection within 14 days and 90% effective tracing), simulation suggested that control costs of the outbreak significantly increase if tracing does not occur until day 10 as compared to the baseline of tracing on day 2. In addition, control costs are significantly increased if effectiveness were to drop to 30% as compared to the baseline of 90%. Results suggest potential benefits from rapid effective tracing in terms of reducing government control costs; however, a variety of other scenarios need to be explored before determining in which situations rapid effective trace-back capability is beneficial.

published proceedings

  • Prev Vet Med

author list (cited authors)

  • Hagerman, A. D., Ward, M. P., Anderson, D. P., Looney, J. C., & McCarl, B. A.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Hagerman, Amy D||Ward, Michael P||Anderson, David P||Looney, J Chris||McCarl, Bruce A

publication date

  • July 2013