Impediments to adoption of recommended milking practices by Canadian dairy farmers

dc.contributor.advisorKelton, David
dc.contributor.authorBelage, Emilie
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-05T19:44:04Z
dc.date.available2017-01-05T19:44:04Z
dc.date.copyrightOct-16
dc.date.created2016-12-12
dc.date.issued2017-01-05
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Population Medicineen_US
dc.degree.departmentCampbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfareen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmePopulation Medicineen_US
dc.description.abstractObjectives of this thesis were: (1) describe the consistency of producers with their milking routines, identify areas of higher variability, determine how well milking practices are being implemented; (2) describe the proportion of adoption of recommended milking practices (RMPs) across all Canadian provinces, and investigate differences across regions, milking systems, herd size and bulk tank SCC; (3) identify barriers and motivators for adoption of RMPs. Farm-to-farm differences and variations between cows during a specific milking accounted for the largest part of the variability observed. Most Canadian dairy farmers adopted RMPs, but some are not as extensively used as others. Adoption of practices was significantly associated with milking system, herd size, and region. Main barriers to adoption of RMPs included personal habits, not perceiving udder health as a priority, and lack of information/misinformation. Producers listed incentives for better milk quality as a motivator to implement RMPs and work on udder health.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/10171
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectdairyen_US
dc.subjectmilking practicesen_US
dc.subjectudder healthen_US
dc.subjectadoptionen_US
dc.titleImpediments to adoption of recommended milking practices by Canadian dairy farmersen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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