Influence on the implementation of biosecurity measures in dairy cattle farms: Communication between veterinarians and dairy farmers

Sebastián Moya, Kin Wing Ray Chan, Stephen Hinchliffe, Henry Buller, Josep Espluga, Bibiana Benavides, F. Javier Diéguez, Eduardo Yus, Giovanna Ciaravino, Jordi Casal, Francisco Tirado, Alberto Allepuz

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Abstract

This study was carried out in two regions in Spain (Catalonia and Galicia) through eight focus groups; four for dairy farmers and four for veterinarians. The results showed that dairy farmers and veterinarians attributed responsibility to one another for not following biosecurity practices. The study brings to light contradictions among veterinarians and certain individual veterinary practices that participated in the study, which lead to doubt and confusion on the part of dairy farmers. Distinct perceptions were also identified of the role that government authorities should play in relation both to training and sanctions as a means of improving biosecurity on dairy farms. Additionally, the participants expressed varying opinions as to whether biosecurity measures ought to be made mandatory or remain voluntary. Results from this study highlight the need to promote initiatives through which distinct stakeholders such as veterinarians, government authorities, and dairy farmers can develop consensus-based messages on the implementation of biosecurity practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105329
Number of pages1
JournalPreventive Veterinary Medicine
Volume190
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021

Keywords

  • Biosecurity
  • Focus groups
  • Government authorities
  • Veterinarian contradictions
  • Veterinarian meeting

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