Associations between the decrease in bovine clinical mastitis and changes in dairy farmers' attitude, knowledge, and behavior in the Netherlands.

van den Borne, Bart; Jansen, J; Lam, T J G M; van Schaik, G (2014). Associations between the decrease in bovine clinical mastitis and changes in dairy farmers' attitude, knowledge, and behavior in the Netherlands. Research in veterinary science, 97(2), pp. 226-229. Association for Veterinary Teaching and Research Work 10.1016/j.rvsc.2014.06.017

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The aim of this study was to associate changes in dairy farmers' self-reported attitude, knowledge, and behavior with the decrease in incidence rate of clinical mastitis (IRCM). Farmer-diagnosed clinical mastitis cases were obtained from two surveys conducted before (July 2004-June 2005) and at the end (2009) of a mastitis control program in the Netherlands. Information on farmers' attitude, knowledge, and behavior was also obtained by sending the farmers the same questionnaire during both surveys. Multivariable linear regression models identified that the herd level 2004 IRCM explained 28% of the variation in the decrease of IRCM. Changes in farmers' attitude and knowledge, and changes in farmers' behavior additionally explained 24% and 5%, respectively. These results suggest that the way management measures are executed may be at least as important as the fact that they are executed. No control group was available for this study because the intervention was applied at the national level. We therefore do not claim any causal relationships.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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:

van den Borne, Bart

ISSN:

0034-5288

Publisher:

Association for Veterinary Teaching and Research Work

Language:

English

Submitter:

Susanne Agnes Lerch

Date Deposited:

24 Mar 2015 14:29

Last Modified:

15 Oct 2015 09:50

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.rvsc.2014.06.017

PubMed ID:

25039063

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Attitude, Behavior, Clinical mastitis, Knowledge

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65566

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65566

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