Veterinary advice for entrepreneurial Dutch dairy farmers: from curative practice to coach-consultant: what needs to be changed?

Jos Noordhuizen, M.J. van Egmond, R. Jorritsma, H. Hogeveen, T. van Werven, P.L.A.M. Vos, Jan Lievaart

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Abstract

Dairy farms are tending to become larger, with a milk quota of more than 8 tons a year, and are managed by entrepreneurial dairy farmers with their own specific characteristics and farming style. Some Dutch veterinary practices appear unable to respond to this different style and often do not serve such farms or lose them as client. Moreover, the veterinary curriculum often focuses on traditional, family-run, smaller dairy operations and not on larger farms, which raises the question whether newly qualified veterinary practitioners are adequately trained to provide these entrepreneurial farmers with the services they require. This article addresses the characteristics of entrepreneurial dairy farmers and those of cattle practitioners, to determine whether cattle practitioners need to acquire other skills to better prepare them for their coaching-consultant tasks on larger dairy farms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-8
Number of pages5
JournalTijdschrift voor Diergeneeskunde
Volume133
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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