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Biosecurity and animal disease management in organic and conventional Swedish dairy herds: a questionnaire study

Emanuelson, Ulf and Sjöström, Karin and Fall, Nils (2018). Biosecurity and animal disease management in organic and conventional Swedish dairy herds: a questionnaire study. Acta veterinaria Scandinavica. 60, 1-7
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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13028-018-0376-6

Abstract

Background: Good animal health is a notion that is germane to organic dairy production, and it is expected that such herds would pay significant attention on the health of their animals. However, it is not known if the applied animal disease management is actually more adequate in organic dairy cattle herds than in conventional dairy herds. A questionnaire study on biosecurity and animal disease management activities was therefore conducted among Swedish farmers with organic and conventional dairy cattle herds.
Results: A total of 192 useable questionnaires were returned; response rates of 30.3 and 20.2% for organic and conventional farmers, respectively. Herd characteristics of the two herd types were very similar, except that pipeline/tie-stall systems were less common in organic farms and that organic farmers had a higher education level than their conventional counterparts. Also, very few systematic differences in general or specific disease management activities were observed between the two types of farms. The main exceptions being how milk from cows during antibiotic treatment was used, views on policy actions in relation to antibiotic use, and attitudes towards calling for veterinary support. Using milk from cows during antibiotic treatment was more common in conventional herds, although it was mainly given to bull calves. Farmers of organic herds were more positive to policy actions to reduce the use and need for antibiotics, and they reported waiting longer before contacting a veterinarian for calves with diarrhoea and cows with subclinical mastitis.
Conclusions: The stated biosecurity and animal disease management was relatively equal in Swedish organic and conventional dairy herds. Our results thus indicate that animal health is as important in conventionally managed dairy herds in Sweden as in organically managed herds.

Authors/Creators:Emanuelson, Ulf and Sjöström, Karin and Fall, Nils
Title:Biosecurity and animal disease management in organic and conventional Swedish dairy herds: a questionnaire study
Series/Journal:Acta veterinaria Scandinavica (0044-605X)
Year of publishing :2018
Volume:60
Page range:1-7
Number of Pages:7
Publisher:BMC
ISSN:0044-605X
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Clinical Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:Animal disease management, Animal health, Conventional, Dairy herds, Organic, Questionnaire study
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4992
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4992
ID Code:15610
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:14 Sep 2018 07:30
Metadata Last Modified:14 Sep 2018 07:31

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