[Livestock management and veterinary services for cattle and pigs in Switzerland].

Hool, N.; Schüpbach-Regula, G.; Thomann, B. (2020). [Livestock management and veterinary services for cattle and pigs in Switzerland]. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 162(5), pp. 293-306. Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte 10.17236/sat00258

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The role of livestock veterinarian has changed in recent decades and the advisory role of veterinarians is becoming increasingly important. Only vague statements have been made about the current distribution and content of the livestock management in Switzerland. The aim of this study was to collect information and data on veterinary services and the use of livestock management for cattle and pigs and to describe the current situation in Switzerland. Therefore, a survey was carried out among veterinarians and farmers. The results show that around half (46%) of the surveyed veterinarians offer livestock management. However, the majority (61%) of farmers do not make use of the livestock management. Around one third of the farms (31%) are serviced by the animal health services and almost every tenth farm (8%) using the integrated veterinary livestock management (ITB). The service is mainly used by larger cattle and pig farms. The number of cattle in managed and non-managed farms differ significantly (p = 0.01). In general, pig farms are managed more frequently than cattle farms - mostly in the form of an agreement with the Pig Health Service (SGD). 76% of pig farms, 21% of cattle farms and 44% of mixed farms are using the livestock management. The majority (79%) of the surveyed veterinarians classify the market for livestock management small and its future importance is largely assessed stable or decreasing by veterinarians and farmers. Half of the veterinarians and a tenth of farmers without livestock management mention excessively high costs as a reason for the limited market. In addition, more than half of the farmers with livestock management name costs as the limiting factor. Veterinarians see the greatest advantage of livestock management in cattle fertility, udder health and milk quality, while pig farms profit in reduced use of veterinary drugs, improved herd health and disease prophylaxis.

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05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)

UniBE Contributor:

Hool, Natalie; Schüpbach, Gertraud Irene and Thomann, Beat Stefan


600 Technology > 630 Agriculture




Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte




Susanne Agnes Lerch

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18 Sep 2020 08:58

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18 Sep 2020 08:58

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