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Disease prevention efforts on Welsh cattle farms are influenced by farm demographics

Paton, N; Schaefer, KA; Armitage-Chan, EA; Cooper, H; Buggiotti, L


N Paton

KA Schaefer

EA Armitage-Chan

H Cooper

L Buggiotti


Background This research seeks to understand how the transition to a new generation of younger, more diverse farmers affects disease prevention efforts on UK farms. Methods We apply multivariate regression analysis to analyse survey responses from 112 Welsh cattle farm operators. Results Our results indicate that young farm operators (less than 40 years of age) receive less frequent visits from veterinarians. Further, farm operators who identify as female are less likely to screen and vaccinate against a range of diseases. Finally, both young farmers and female farm operators are less likely to achieve disease-free certification for various economically meaningful livestock diseases. Conclusion One possible explanation for these outcomes is that female farm operators and young farmers may feel excluded from long-standing social networks in the farm animal health sector.


Paton, N., Schaefer, K., Armitage-Chan, E., Cooper, H., & Buggiotti, L. (2022). Disease prevention efforts on Welsh cattle farms are influenced by farm demographics. Veterinary Record,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 7, 2022
Publication Date Feb 5, 2022
Deposit Date Feb 22, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2022
Print ISSN 0042-4900
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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