An analysis of cattle farmers' perceptions of drivers and barriers to on-farm control of Escherichia coli O157

L Toma, JC Low, B Vosough Ahmadi, L Matthews, AW Stott

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2355 - 2366
Number of pages12
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Volume143
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 2014

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Keywords

  • Attitudes and behaviour
  • E. coli O157 on-farm control
  • Structural equation modelling
  • UK cattle farmers

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