Mastitis Control: take up the gloves!

J. Jansen, R.J. Renes, T.J.G.M. Lam

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    Abstract

    This study shows the results of a communication campaign to increase the use of milkers gloves at Dutch dairy farms. Wearing milkers gloves is recommended as a proper method to reduce the risk of transmitting infections during milking. In 2004 only 16 percent of the Dutch dairy farmer used gloves during milking. Therefore, the Dutch Udder Health Centre (UGCN) initiated a campaign in cooperation with agricultural suppliers, which was executed from November 2007 until April 2008. At three moments a telephone survey was executed under randomly selected dairy farmers to monitor the effect of the campaign: before the start of the campaign, immediately after the campaign, and finally one year after the start. The results show that in this short period the use of gloves doubled, meaning that currently almost half of all the Dutch farmers use gloves regularly. Moreover, farmers’ opinions about the use of gloves have changed positively. This campaign is an example of how management practices can be effectively communicated to farmers. As such, this study can contribute to an optimization of future campaigns to control and prevent diseases by changing farmers’ management practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE), Durban, South Africa, 9-14 august 2009
    Pages472-474
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventISVEE12 - Durban, South Africa
    Duration: 10 Aug 200914 Aug 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceISVEE12
    CountrySouth Africa
    CityDurban
    Period10/08/0914/08/09

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