Risk management and the use of antibiotics on dairy farms

Siert Jan Boersema, Jan Lievaart, Jos Noordhuizen

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In accordance with increasing quality risk control demands from food processing industries on primary producers, there is a need for how to apply risk management and the HACCP principles on dairy farms. Especially, when in The Netherlands the government has set formal threshold levels for the use of antibiotics in cattle. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine if there is an association between farm(ers) characteristics and risk management, and, more specifically, animal health and the use of antibiotics.This study is part of a longitudinal study in The Netherlands which assesses farmer's behavior and the effect of training in risk management, herd health and the use of antibiotics. In total 60 dairy farmers enrolled in a survey regarding farm(er's) characteristics, animal health, attitude towards the choice and use of antibiotics, and source of information for a correct treatment if needed.The major findings were that large farms (>100 head) compared to small farms (<100 head) more frequently had a herd treatment advisory plan (51.9% vs 30.3%; P value 0.08), that were free of IBR (70.4% vs. 46.9%; P value 0.07), less frequently bought in replacement animals (14.8% vs 51.5%; P value 0.006) and less frequently had one person responsible for applying the treatments (32.7% vs 72.7%; P value 0.014). Farmers, who decided to buy in replacement cattle, focused more on the withholding period when deciding which antibiotics to choose, but were more strict in having the proper diagnosis before treating animals (P value 0.01). From these preliminary data, it can be concluded that there is a large variation between farmers regarding the attitude towards risk management and the choice of when and how to treat animals with antibiotics. In the near future, all the farmers participating in this initial survey will be involved in three different workshops regarding risk management, quality control systems and animal health, and be surveyed again to measure the effec
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics - Maastricht, The Netherlands, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Aug 201224 Aug 2012


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics


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