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How can veterinarians be interesting partners for organic dairy farmers? French farmers’ point of views

Duval, Julie; Bareille, Nathalie; Fourichon, Christine; Madouasse, Aurélien and Vaarst, Mette (2017) How can veterinarians be interesting partners for organic dairy farmers? French farmers’ point of views. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 146, pp. 16-26.

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Organic dairy farmers must live up to the organic goal of ‘good health’ in respect the organic principles and regulation. Veterinarians could be the organic dairy farmers’ expected sparring partners in reaching this goal but have found difficulties to establish advisory relationships with them. The objectives of this study are −from organic dairy farmers’ points of view- (i) to describe farmers’ objectives and strategies regarding herd health, (ii) to describe private veterinarians’ roles in farmers’ animal health promotion strategies and (iii) to identify farmers’ reasons for accepting veterinarians in an advisory role. Fourteen organic dairy farmers were interviewed using qualitative research interviews. Data collection and analysis was performed using a modified approach to Grounded Theory. Organic dairy farmers had animal health management strategies focusing on animal health promotion. Veterinarians had most often solely the role of therapist in farmers’ animal health management strategies. Reasons explaining that veterinarians were not able to establish advisory roles were found in the differences between veterinarians and farmers regarding their animal health strategies and solutions to disease problems. Furthermore, veterinarians did not always share farmers’ (organic) objectives, values and priorities and this could lead to disagreement on the best choice in animal health management practices. This might be further amplified in situations where there exists a lack of dialogue and mutual interest in other.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Dairy cattle - Organic production - Animal health promotion - Veterinarian - Advisory services - Communication
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: France > INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Deposited By: LEROUX, Mr Michel
ID Code:33560
Deposited On:07 Jan 2019 15:58
Last Modified:07 Jan 2019 15:58
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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