Intrinsik is one of the leading human health and ecological risk assessment firms in North America, with significant expertise in applying the risk assessment paradigm to a large variety of projects to evaluate potential risks to various receptors, including livestock.
Intrinsik has conducted numerous assessments on potential health impacts on livestock. Most regulatory authorities accept that for most types of ecological receptors (e.g., wildlife, aquatic organisms, invertebrates, etc.), the primary concern relates to the health of the group as a whole (i.e., a population-based approach), whereas for humans, emphasis is placed on the person (i.e., an individual-based approach). In the case of livestock receptors such as beef cattle, a balanced approach is required which considers the need to protect the health of the herd as well as to acknowledge the value of the individual animal.
Intrinsik’s livestock assessments may be based on deterministic exposure models or probabilistic models developed to identify the full distribution of exposure and risk. These foraging models combined with toxicity profiles specific to livestock species are then used to identify potential risks to livestock.
Our scientists have expertise and experience in all aspects of risk assessment: problem formulation, exposure and toxicity assessments, uncertainty analysis, and risk characterization, and this experience extends to the unique aspects of livestock risk assessment.