Structural equation modelling and survey data were used to test determinants’ influence on farmer intentions towards Escherichia coli O157 on-farm control. Results suggest that farmers more likely to show willingness to spend money/time or vaccinate to control Escherichia coli O157 are those who think farmers are most responsible for control; whose income depends more on opening farms to public; with stronger disease control attitudes; affected by outbreaks; with better knowledge and more informed; with stronger perceptions of biosecurity measures’ practicality; using a health plan; who think farmers are main beneficiaries of control; and whose farms are dairy rather than beef. The findings might suggest that farmers may implement on-farm controls for E. coli O157 if they identify a clear hazard and if there is greater knowledge of the safety and efficacy of the proposed controls.
- Attitudes and behaviour
- E. coli O157 on-farm control
- Structural equation modelling
- UK cattle farmers
Toma, L., Low, JC., Vosough Ahmadi, B., Matthews, L., & Stott, AW. (2014). An analysis of cattle farmers' perceptions of drivers and barriers to on-farm control of Escherichia coli O157. Epidemiology and Infection, 143(11), 2355 - 2366. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0950268814003045