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Assessing, and understanding, European organic dairy farmers’intentions to improve herd health

Jones, P. J.; Sok, J.; Tranter, R. B.; Blanco-Penedo, I.; Fall, N.; Fourichon, Christine; Hogeveen, H.; Krieger, M. C. and Sundrum, A. (2016) Assessing, and understanding, European organic dairy farmers’intentions to improve herd health. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 133, pp. 84-96.

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Many believe the health status of organic dairy herds in Europe should be improved to meet consumers’ and legislators’ expectations to improve animal welfare. This paper reports on a study in four countries that examined dairy farmers’ intentions towards improving the health status of their organic herds through the use of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. It was found that farmers across the countries were positive about taking additional preventative measures to improve the health status of their herds. They believed this would not only improve herd physical performance, such as milk yield and fertility, but also achieve greater cost effectiveness and improved job satisfaction for them. Most study farmers would implement a tailored package of improvement measures designed by the study team with higher uptake most likely being by younger farmers, those who make greater use of veterinarians and professional advisory services, and those supplying specialist milk-marketing chains. Furthermore, farmers will be most likely to take-up additional health promotion if compatible with their everyday activities and if they have strong business performance goals aimed at maximising the physical performance of the herd.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Farmers’ attitude - Veterinarians - Health improvements - Health promotiona
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Farming Systems
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: France > INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:311824
Deposited By: LEROUX, Mr Michel
ID Code:33563
Deposited On:14 Jan 2019 11:48
Last Modified:24 Jan 2019 15:30
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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