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Farmer attitudes to risk based trading scheme for cattle in England - SE3048

The overall objective of the work is to provide socio-economic evidence to the TB Risk-Based
Trading Working Group (subsequently referred to as the Working Group or WG) on the
chances of success of different forms of risk-based trading schemes for cattle in England.
This will be determined with reference to the anticipated degree of uptake of the scheme,
bearing in mind that initially at least, the intention is that it would be established on a voluntary
basis. A further consideration would be the degree to which the trading practices of farmers
buying or selling cattle were changed as a result of its introduction. In both these respects, it
is likely that views may differ between buyers and sellers, according to business type and
trading activities and according to the prevailing disease risk in their respective locations.
An iterative work plan is proposed that takes account of these variables so that the evidence
that will be provided to the Working Group will be as detailed as possible, given the scale and
the time constraints of the project. The three key research activities to be undertaken to
gather this evidence will be focus groups, personal interviews and telephone surveys of
1. Focus Groups - to provide an in-depth exploration of farmers’ attitudes toward a TB riskbased trading scheme for cattle
2. Personal Interviews - to primarily ascertain the views of industry stakeholders,including vets towards a TB risk-based trading scheme for cattle
3. Telephone surveys - of up to 200 cattle (dairy and beef) farmers to gather a wider range of views and attitudes.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : se3048 final report   (419k)
• ANX - Annex : se3048 Annex 1- 4   (689k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2012

Cost: £48,192
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Animal Diseases              
Animal Health              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Health