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The marketing of herd health and production management services on Dutch dairy farms: perceptions of dairy farmers and their veterinary surgeons.

Lievaart J, Noordhuizen J, Buckley D, Van Winden S - Ir Vet J (2008)

Bottom Line: The proportion of farmers citing these reasons was lower than expected by the veterinarians.In the future, preventive healthcare will be the main reason of farmers to participate.Farmers who are not using the service can potentially be encouraged to engage the services after gaining increased insight into the herd health and management service structure, the planning of activities, the cost-benefit of the service, veterinary surgeons being more co-operative with other farm advisors and veterinarians being more willing to pay attention to quality issues on the dairy farm.

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Affiliation: EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678, Australia. jlievaart@csu.edu.au.

ABSTRACT
A questionnaire-based survey on veterinary herd health and production management services was conducted on 194 specialist dairy veterinarians and 466 dairy farmers. The farmers were randomly selected from greater than 6,000 farmer clients of the surveyed veterinarians. This paper reports these survey findings and the findings of an earlier survey conducted among the veterinarians. The survey included questions on the attributes of the service itself, the practitioners delivering the service, reasons for participation and the expected future of herd health and production management services. Reasons farmers participated in herd health and production management programmes included; access to routine screening of their herd; increasing profits; and receiving regular veterinary advice or solutions to remedy existing problems. Advantages of participation named included: good management support; higher profits; structural solutions to problems; and being better informed. Differences between farming styles were observed, pointing to the different needs and goals of farming styles. Farmers cited high costs and the time investment required as major disadvantages. The proportion of farmers citing these reasons was lower than expected by the veterinarians. In the future, preventive healthcare will be the main reason of farmers to participate. Farmers who are not using the service can potentially be encouraged to engage the services after gaining increased insight into the herd health and management service structure, the planning of activities, the cost-benefit of the service, veterinary surgeons being more co-operative with other farm advisors and veterinarians being more willing to pay attention to quality issues on the dairy farm.

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Reasons provided for participating in the herd health and production management service (responses of farmers and their veterinary surgeons in %).
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Figure 1: Reasons provided for participating in the herd health and production management service (responses of farmers and their veterinary surgeons in %).

Mentions: Reasons for using the service differed depending on the dairy farmer. Figure 1 gives an overview of reasons farmers participated. The advantages and disadvantages of participating in the HHPM service are given Figure 2 and Figure 3. This information will be of benefit to veterinary surgeons if they are to adjust veterinary services to solve the problems in a farmspecific manner.


The marketing of herd health and production management services on Dutch dairy farms: perceptions of dairy farmers and their veterinary surgeons.

Lievaart J, Noordhuizen J, Buckley D, Van Winden S - Ir Vet J (2008)

Reasons provided for participating in the herd health and production management service (responses of farmers and their veterinary surgeons in %).
© Copyright Policy
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3113874&req=5

Figure 1: Reasons provided for participating in the herd health and production management service (responses of farmers and their veterinary surgeons in %).
Mentions: Reasons for using the service differed depending on the dairy farmer. Figure 1 gives an overview of reasons farmers participated. The advantages and disadvantages of participating in the HHPM service are given Figure 2 and Figure 3. This information will be of benefit to veterinary surgeons if they are to adjust veterinary services to solve the problems in a farmspecific manner.

Bottom Line: The proportion of farmers citing these reasons was lower than expected by the veterinarians.In the future, preventive healthcare will be the main reason of farmers to participate.Farmers who are not using the service can potentially be encouraged to engage the services after gaining increased insight into the herd health and management service structure, the planning of activities, the cost-benefit of the service, veterinary surgeons being more co-operative with other farm advisors and veterinarians being more willing to pay attention to quality issues on the dairy farm.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678, Australia. jlievaart@csu.edu.au.

ABSTRACT
A questionnaire-based survey on veterinary herd health and production management services was conducted on 194 specialist dairy veterinarians and 466 dairy farmers. The farmers were randomly selected from greater than 6,000 farmer clients of the surveyed veterinarians. This paper reports these survey findings and the findings of an earlier survey conducted among the veterinarians. The survey included questions on the attributes of the service itself, the practitioners delivering the service, reasons for participation and the expected future of herd health and production management services. Reasons farmers participated in herd health and production management programmes included; access to routine screening of their herd; increasing profits; and receiving regular veterinary advice or solutions to remedy existing problems. Advantages of participation named included: good management support; higher profits; structural solutions to problems; and being better informed. Differences between farming styles were observed, pointing to the different needs and goals of farming styles. Farmers cited high costs and the time investment required as major disadvantages. The proportion of farmers citing these reasons was lower than expected by the veterinarians. In the future, preventive healthcare will be the main reason of farmers to participate. Farmers who are not using the service can potentially be encouraged to engage the services after gaining increased insight into the herd health and management service structure, the planning of activities, the cost-benefit of the service, veterinary surgeons being more co-operative with other farm advisors and veterinarians being more willing to pay attention to quality issues on the dairy farm.

No MeSH data available.