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Table 2 Biosecurity scores (Biocheck.UGent™) for the different categories of internal and external biosecurity in 58 farrow-to-finish Irish pig farms

From: Using the Biocheck.UGent™ scoring tool in Irish farrow-to-finish pig farms: assessing biosecurity and its relation to productive performance

  Mean SD Median Min Max
External biosecurity scorea 78.7 7.75 79.0 62.0 94.0
 Purchase of animals and semen 98.8 5.05 100.0 70.0 100.0
 Transport of animals, removal of manure and dead animals 80.1 11.26 83.0 43.0 96.0
 Feed, water, and equipment supply 54.5 14.57 53.0 10.0 80.0
 Personnel and visitors 73.9 18.61 76.0 24.0 100.0
 Vermin and bird control 68.3 19.84 70.0 30.0 100.0
 Environment and region 79.5 23.35 80.0 20.0 100.0
Internal biosecurity scorea 57.4 14.16 60.0 29.0 80.0
 Disease management 82.4 21.55 80.0 20.0 100.0
 Farrowing and suckling period management 53.6 18.75 57.0 7.0 86.0
 Nursery unit management 63.5 16.11 64.0 36.0 100.0
 Fattening unit management 72.7 22.12 79.0 21.0 93.0
 Measures between compartments and use of equipment 50.0 16.16 50.0 21.0 86.0
 Cleaning and disinfection 42.0 27.25 40.5 0 95.0
Overall biosecurity score 68.3 9.52 70.0 47.0 87.0
  1. aBiosecurity scores are computed from the practices assessed in each category. Category scores are given in a rank from 0 (worst scenario) to 100 (best scenario). External and internal biosecurity scores correspond to the average of the scores obtained in the corresponding categories. The overall biosecurity corresponds to the average between the external biosecurity score and the internal biosecurity score