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The marketing of herd health and production management services on Dutch dairy farms: Perceptions of dairy farmers and their veterinary surgeons

(2008) IRISH VETERINARY JOURNAL. 61(10). p.668-676
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A questionnaire-based survey on veterinary herd health and production management services was conducted on 194 specialist dairy veterinarians and 466 dairy farmers. The farmers were randomly selected from greater than 6,000 farmer clients of the surveyed veterinarians. This paper reports these survey findings and the findings of an earlier survey conducted among the veterinarians. The survey included questions on the attributes of the service itself, the practitioners delivering the service, reasons for participation and the expected future of herd health and production management services. Reasons farmers participated in herd health and production management programmes included access to routine screening of their herd; increasing profits; and receiving regular veterinary advice or solutions to remedy existing problems. Advantages of participation named included: good management support: higher profits: structural solutions to problems; and being better informed. Differences between farming styles were observed. pointing to the different needs and goals of farming styles. Farmers cited high costs and the time investment required as major disadvantages. The proportion of farmers citing these reasons was lower than expected by the veterinarians. In the future, preventive healthcare will be the main reason of farmers to participate. Farmers who are not using the service can potentially be encouraged to engage the services after gaining increased insight into the herd health and management service structure, the planning of activities. the cost-benefit of the service. veterinary surgeons being more co-operative with other farm advisors and veterinarians being more willing to pay attentior to quality issues on the dairy farm,
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marketing, production management service, dairy, herd health

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Lievaart, J. J. et al. “The Marketing of Herd Health and Production Management Services on Dutch Dairy Farms: Perceptions of Dairy Farmers and Their Veterinary Surgeons.” IRISH VETERINARY JOURNAL 61.10 (2008): 668–676. Print.
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Lievaart, J. J., Noordhuizen, J., Buckley, D., & Van Winden, S. C. L. (2008). The marketing of herd health and production management services on Dutch dairy farms: Perceptions of dairy farmers and their veterinary surgeons. IRISH VETERINARY JOURNAL, 61(10), 668–676.
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Lievaart, J. J., Josephus Noordhuizen, D. Buckley, and S. C. L. Van Winden. 2008. “The Marketing of Herd Health and Production Management Services on Dutch Dairy Farms: Perceptions of Dairy Farmers and Their Veterinary Surgeons.” Irish Veterinary Journal 61 (10): 668–676.
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Lievaart, J. J., Josephus Noordhuizen, D. Buckley, and S. C. L. Van Winden. 2008. “The Marketing of Herd Health and Production Management Services on Dutch Dairy Farms: Perceptions of Dairy Farmers and Their Veterinary Surgeons.” Irish Veterinary Journal 61 (10): 668–676.
Vancouver
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Lievaart JJ, Noordhuizen J, Buckley D, Van Winden SCL. The marketing of herd health and production management services on Dutch dairy farms: Perceptions of dairy farmers and their veterinary surgeons. IRISH VETERINARY JOURNAL. 2008;61(10):668–76.
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J. J. Lievaart, J. Noordhuizen, D. Buckley, and S. C. L. Van Winden, “The marketing of herd health and production management services on Dutch dairy farms: Perceptions of dairy farmers and their veterinary surgeons,” IRISH VETERINARY JOURNAL, vol. 61, no. 10, pp. 668–676, 2008.
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