Latest Research on Dairy Farmers: Feb – 2020

Motivation of Dairy Farmers to Improve Mastitis Management

The aims of this study were 1) to explore different motivating factors and to quantify their importance in decisions of farmers on improving mastitis management, 2) to guage different quality payment schemes as extra incentive mechanisms for farmers, and 3) to link the motivating factors to farmer characteristics. Data on characteristics of farmers were obtained through a standard paper-based questionnaire (n = 100). Data on the factors motivating farmers to enhance mastitis management were collected during a computer-interactive mode. Adaptive conjoint analysis was wont to investigate perceptions of farmers of the importance of things . Factors that are internal to the farm performance and therefore the individual farmer provided more motivation than external factors implying esteem and awareness of the entire dairy sector performance. Internal nonmonetary factors concerning internal esteem and taking pleasure in healthy animals on the farm were equally motivating as monetary factors affecting farm economic performance. [1]

Entrepreneurial behaviour of dutch dairy farmers under a milk quota system: goals, objectives and attitudes

An empirical model, supported the idea of Planned Behaviour, was developed to check the hypothesis that differences in farmers’ goals, objectives and attitudes are a determinant of strategic and entrepreneurial behaviour and can , therefore, end in differences in farm size. the idea states that a person’s behaviour results from his/her goals and intentions, attitudes, perceived behavioural control and social norms. Data (n=257) were gathered from a questionnaire that was sent to a specific group of Dutch dairy farmers, members of study-groups within the northern a part of Netherlands . Answers to statements about goals also as statements associated with attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioural control, explained 38% of the variance in farm size as expressed by farmers’ milk quota. The goal of getting a “large and modern farm” was positively correlated with farm size, while those associated with “having a breeding farm” and “extra source of income” were significantly negatively correlated with farm size. [2]

Increased Exposure to Cryptosporidia among Dairy Farmers in Wisconsin

Cryptosporidium infection is a crucial explanation for diarrhea in humans and livestock; no effective therapy is understood . A self-administered questionnaire and an ELISA were wont to assess the danger of exposure to cryptosporidia among 70 dairy farmers and 50 who weren’t dairy farmers in Wisconsin. Dairy farmers (44.3%) were more likely to be seropositive for cryptosporidia than were other persons (24.0%; relative risk = 1.9). Among dairy farmers, age ⩾50 and use of a canister method of milking were related to seropositive status. Among persons who weren’t dairy farmers, feeding or milking cows was related to being seropositive. These findings suggest that dairy farmers and other persons who have contact with cattle are at greater risk of Cryptosporidium infection than are persons who don’t have such contact. [3]

Milk Testing, a Simple, Practical Handbook for Dairy Farmers, Estate Agents, Creamery Managers, Milk Distributors, and Consumers

THIS useful little book has so commended itself to those for whom it had been intended that it’s now for the econd time revised and enlarged. The new matter includes such recent developments of the dairy industry because the testing of sour milk and therefore the description of port able appliances to be used by travelling inspectors. it’s a cheerful circumstance that Mr. Walker-Tisdale, who is himself the manager and a director of an outsized milk company, should thus place his experience at the disposal of other dairy managers, and it’s equally for tunate that British dairy manager and farmer, thus far from abusing the monopoly he possesses (for there’s practically no importation of milk from abroad) should show himself so able to apply chemical tssts so as satisfactorily to determine the purity of his milk. [4]

Clean Milk Production Practices Adopted by the Dairy Farmers of R. S. Pura in Jammu District

Clean milk production is taken into account together of the important factors within the economy of the state. The adoption of unpolluted milk production practices has great potential for increasing the standard of milk production. Considering the importance of adoption of unpolluted milk production practices followed by dairy farmers and therefore the quality milk production this study was conducted in R. S. Pura block of Jammu district to guage clean milk production practices adopted by the dairy farmers. Multistage sampling technique was wont to select the respondents. R. S. Pura block was purposively selected for the study. From the chosen block, an inventory of villages with maximum populations of milch animals was identified. Out of the list of identified villages, two villages were randomly selected for the study. From each selected villages 20 dairy farmers were selected randomly, thus making a complete of 40 farmers. the info were collected by personal interview method using structured interview schedules. [5]


[1] Valeeva, N.I., Lam, T.J.G.M. and Hogeveen, H., 2007. Motivation of dairy farmers to improve mastitis management. Journal of Dairy Science, 90(9), (Web Link)

[2] Bergevoet, R.H., Ondersteijn, C.J.M., Saatkamp, H.W., Van Woerkum, C.M.J. and Huirne, R.B.M., 2004. Entrepreneurial behaviour of Dutch dairy farmers under a milk quota system: goals, objectives and attitudes. Agricultural Systems, 80(1), (Web Link)

[3] Lengerich, E.J., Addiss, D.G., Marx, J.J., Ungar, B.L. and Juranek, D.D., 1993. Increased exposure to cryptosporidia among dairy farmers in Wisconsin. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 167(5), (Web Link)

[4] Milk Testing, a Simple, Practical Handbook for Dairy Farmers, Estate Agents, Creamery Managers, Milk Distributors, and Consumers
Nature volume 87, (Web Link)

[5] Bafanda, R., Nanda, R., khandi, S. A., Choudhary, F., Choudhary, M. and Shehjar, F. (2018) “Clean Milk Production Practices Adopted by the Dairy Farmers of R. S. Pura in Jammu District”, Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, 26(3), (Web Link)

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