MSD Animal Health recently commissioned research into farmer attitudes on herd health and disease prevention. What did they find?
Paul Williams, MSD Animal Health UK technical manager for ruminants, shared his highlights from the survey.
“This research was surprising as it showed us that farmers don’t necessarily see vets as someone to go to for herd management advice. There is some work to be done in rectifying this and showing the value vets can provide to farmers, beyond treating animal health.
“We also saw something that we already know to be a problem – farmers aren’t vaccinating
because they don’t think they have a problem with disease. The problem with that perception is they may well have an infected animal and not realise it.
"By the time most diseases start to show clinical signs, they’ve already affected productivity and often this is where antibiotics are used to treat the disease, which could be prevented by vaccinating in the first place.”
Oli Hodgkinson, vet at Trefaldwyn Veterinary Clinic also shared his thoughts on the findings:
“This research shows that the media has a part to play in sharing best practice and
educating the industry on the benefits.
"Initiatives like BVD Free are helping, but more monitoring, diagnosis and working with vets is needed.”
You can read a full analysis of the research in this week’s Farmers Guardian.