An analysis of cattle farmers' perceptions of drivers and barriers to on-farm control of Escherichia coli O157
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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.
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Epidemiology and Infection
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2014. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Cambridge University Press in a revised form with their editorial input. The final published version is available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268814003045