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Measuring and comparing constraints to improved biosecurity amongst GB farmers, veterinarians and the auxiliary industries.
Prev Vet Med. 2008 May 15; 84(3-4):310-23.PV

Abstract

Constraints to the introduction of enhanced biosecurity systems are rarely considered in sufficient detail when population medicine specialists initiate new control schemes. The main objective of our research was to investigate and compare the different attitudes constraining improvement in biosecurity for cattle and sheep farmers, practising veterinary surgeons and the auxiliary industries in Great Britain (GB). This study was carried out utilizing farmer focus groups, a questionnaire survey of veterinary practitioners and a telephone survey of auxiliary industry representatives. It appears that farmers and veterinarians have their own relatively clear definitions for biosecurity in relation to some major diseases threatening GB agriculture. Overall, farmers believe that other stakeholders, such as the government, should make a greater contribution towards biosecurity within GB. Conversely, veterinary practitioners saw their clients' ability or willingness to invest in biosecurity measures as a major constraint. Veterinary practitioners also felt that there was need for additional proof of efficacy and/or the potential economic benefits of proposed farm biosecurity practices better demonstrated. Auxiliary industries, in general, were not certain of their role in biosecurity although study participants highlighted zoonoses as part of the issue and offered that most of the constraints operated at farm level.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Epidemiology Research Unit, SAC, Inverness, United Kingdom. george.gunn@sac.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18282623

Citation

Gunn, G J., et al. "Measuring and Comparing Constraints to Improved Biosecurity Amongst GB Farmers, Veterinarians and the Auxiliary Industries." Preventive Veterinary Medicine, vol. 84, no. 3-4, 2008, pp. 310-23.
Gunn GJ, Heffernan C, Hall M, et al. Measuring and comparing constraints to improved biosecurity amongst GB farmers, veterinarians and the auxiliary industries. Prev Vet Med. 2008;84(3-4):310-23.
Gunn, G. J., Heffernan, C., Hall, M., McLeod, A., & Hovi, M. (2008). Measuring and comparing constraints to improved biosecurity amongst GB farmers, veterinarians and the auxiliary industries. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 84(3-4), 310-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2007.12.003
Gunn GJ, et al. Measuring and Comparing Constraints to Improved Biosecurity Amongst GB Farmers, Veterinarians and the Auxiliary Industries. Prev Vet Med. 2008 May 15;84(3-4):310-23. PubMed PMID: 18282623.
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