Veterinary farm guidance Farmer's point of view
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In the seventies veterinary farm guidance was mostly about fertility guidance, and since the eighties the role of the veterinarian has changed more into business consultant. Therefore, the veterinarian needs enough knowledge on lots of topics, like fertility, udder health, nutrition, claw health, housing, calf rearing, milk quality and milk production. An article of Lievaart et al. (1999) described that 70,5% of the farmers took part in any kind of veterinary guidance.  The aim of this study was to investigate the relative importance of various farm characteristics on participation in veterinary farm guidance. Several questions have been asked to dairy farmers via a survey. It turned out that the breed of cows and the somatic cell count are significantly related to participation in veterinary farm guidance. When farmers have Holstein Frisian of Holstein Frisian red cows they are more likely to be enrolled in veterinary farm guidance, probably because this breed is used for its high productivity. Somatic cell count is also significantly related to participation in veterinary farm guidance. This can be explained because the higher the somatic cell count is, the more problems are at the farm and the more help is needed by the veterinarian. Other topics which are quite close to significance are succession, brand of tractor and expansion plans. In the future, these characteristics need to be explored with a larger sample population.