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Attitudes and practices of Queensland dairy farmers to the control of the cattle tick, Boophilus microplus

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Jonsson, N.N. and Matschoss, A.L. (1998) Attitudes and practices of Queensland dairy farmers to the control of the cattle tick, Boophilus microplus. Australian Veterinary Journal, 76 (11). pp. 746-751. ISSN 0005-0423

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-0813.1998.tb12306.x


Objective: To determine practices for the control of cattle ticks on dairy farms in Queensland, the attitudes of farmers to tick infestations and to identify opportunities for and barriers against the introduction of non-chemical methods of tick control.

Design: A survey of 199 dairy farmers from tick-infested parts of Queensland was undertaken by 20 dairy advisers and stock inspectors from October 1996 to June 1997. The sample was a proportional, random selection of dairy farms from four regions. A personal interview was conducted with each farmer and answers to 134 questions were obtained.

Results and conclusions: Most farmers were not concerned by cattle ticks on their own farms, although they believed that ticks are important to the dairy industry. They were most concerned about the development of chemical resistance by cattle ticks. Inadequate facilities and lack of motivation appeared to be the factors most limiting to improving the methods of control. Most farmers claimed to have only small numbers of ticks at worst. Although a control program recom mended by the Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation was well regarded by farmers, few had adopted it. Many farmers saw no need to implement a strategic control program.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Veterinary medicine > Veterinary parasitology
Veterinary medicine > Diseases of special classes of animals > Cattle
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