Hamilton, LA, Allcock, J and Evans, N (2019) ‘I don’t go to Meetings’: Understanding Farmer Perspectives on Bovine TB and Biosecurity Training. The Veterinary Record, 184 (13). ISSN 0042-4900

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In 2016, the veterinary service company, XL Farmcare UK Ltd, was awarded a Defra contract to manage a series of on-farm demonstration workshops to raise biosecurity awareness. The workshops provided free training for cattle farmers in England on the practical measures that they could take to limit the threat of bovine tuberculosis (bTB). Despite communicating these events to farmers, the number who subsequently attended them was low and the company decided to conduct research to explain this. Farmers were interviewed at agricultural shows, their comments analysed and the frequency of words in use were measured to produce a set of common themes. This theme analysis provides an illustrative rather than representative picture of farmer opinions but holds significant explanatory value for understanding the apparent lack of engagement with biosecurity training. Broad-ranging farmer perspectives can be understood through a ‘typology’ of feelings about bTB, particularly expressions of blame, loss, confusion, ignorance, resignation and fear. The cumulative effect of this negativity explains why so many farmers disengaged from training provision; a finding with relevance and value for the way training providers plan future communication methods in relation to biosecurity risk mitigation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via BMJ Publishing Group at http://doi.org/10.1136/vr.104995 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge transfer, bovine tuberculosis, meetings, biosecurity, qualitative research methods
Subjects: S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 15:28
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 14:22
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5513

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