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Diagnosis before treatment: identifying dairy farmers' determinants for the adoption of sustainable practices in gastrointestinal nematode control

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Anthelmintic resistance is emerging in dairy cattle and this can result in a lack of effective control and production losses. Therefore, sustainable control strategies should be adopted by the industry such as the use of diagnostic methods to take informed treatment decisions. To understand the factors affecting the farmers’ intention to adopt diagnostic methods before implementing anthelmintic drugs (‘adoption intention’), a theoretical model was constructed. This framework was created to predict adoption intentions based on two fundamental theories in the field of behavioural psychology and health psychology: the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Health Belief Model. The framework was validated through a cross-sectional survey carried out in dairy farms in Belgium (Flanders). In the tested model, adoption intentions were predicted based on attitudes towards anthelminthic drugs, attitudes towards diagnostic methods, subjective norms, behavioural control and perceived risk. Structural equation modelling was used for analyses. The model fitted the data well and explained 46% of the variance in adoption intention of diagnostics. The factors ‘attitude towards diagnostic methods’ and ‘subjective norm’; i.e. the influence of significant others, had the strongest, positive influence on adoption intention of diagnostic methods. A multi-group analysis found no difference in the adoption of diagnostics for young stock vs. adult dairy cows. The results of this study can be used for the development of communication strategies to advertise sustainable nematode control on dairy farms.

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Vande Velde, Fiona, Edwin Claerebout, Verolien Cauberghe, Liselot Hudders, and Johannes Charlier. 2015. “Diagnosis Before Treatment: Identifying Dairy Farmers’ Determinants for the Adoption of Sustainable Practices in Gastrointestinal Nematode Control.” In International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, Abstracts. WAAVP.
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Vande Velde, F., Claerebout, E., Cauberghe, V., Hudders, L., & Charlier, J. (2015). Diagnosis before treatment: identifying dairy farmers’ determinants for the adoption of sustainable practices in gastrointestinal nematode control. International conference of the world association for the advancement of veterinary parasitology, Abstracts. Presented at the International conference of the world association for the advancement of veterinary parasitology, WAAVP.
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Vande Velde F, Claerebout E, Cauberghe V, Hudders L, Charlier J. Diagnosis before treatment: identifying dairy farmers’ determinants for the adoption of sustainable practices in gastrointestinal nematode control. International conference of the world association for the advancement of veterinary parasitology, Abstracts. WAAVP; 2015.
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Vande Velde, Fiona, Edwin Claerebout, Verolien Cauberghe, et al. “Diagnosis Before Treatment: Identifying Dairy Farmers’ Determinants for the Adoption of Sustainable Practices in Gastrointestinal Nematode Control.” International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, Abstracts. WAAVP, 2015. Print.
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  abstract     = {Anthelmintic resistance is emerging in dairy cattle and this can result in a lack of effective control and production losses. Therefore, sustainable control strategies should be adopted by the industry such as the use of diagnostic methods to take informed treatment decisions. To understand the factors affecting the farmers{\textquoteright} intention to adopt diagnostic methods before implementing anthelmintic drugs ({\textquoteleft}adoption intention{\textquoteright}), a theoretical model was constructed. This framework was created to predict adoption intentions based on two fundamental theories in the field of behavioural psychology and health psychology: the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Health Belief Model. The framework was validated through a cross-sectional survey carried out in dairy farms in Belgium (Flanders). In the tested model, adoption intentions were predicted based on attitudes towards anthelminthic drugs, attitudes towards diagnostic methods, subjective norms, behavioural control and perceived risk. Structural equation modelling was used for analyses. The model fitted the data well and explained 46\% of the variance in adoption intention of diagnostics. The factors {\textquoteleft}attitude towards diagnostic methods{\textquoteright} and {\textquoteleft}subjective norm{\textquoteright}; i.e. the influence of significant others, had the strongest, positive influence on adoption intention of diagnostic methods. A multi-group analysis found no difference in the adoption of diagnostics for young stock vs. adult dairy cows. The results of this study can be used for the development of communication strategies to advertise sustainable nematode control on dairy farms.},
  author       = {Vande Velde, Fiona and Claerebout, Edwin and Cauberghe, Verolien and Hudders, Liselot and Charlier, Johannes},
  booktitle    = {International conference of the world association for the advancement of veterinary parasitology, Abstracts},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Liverpool},
  publisher    = {WAAVP},
  title        = {Diagnosis before treatment: identifying dairy farmers' determinants for the adoption of sustainable practices in gastrointestinal nematode control},
  year         = {2015},
}