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The aim of our study is to propose improvements to the overall pig health advisory system. Our integrative approach consists of three parts. First, qualitative open interviews were conducted with key informants of the Flemish pig sector (n=10), to set the scene and to identify the actors involved. Second, we did qualitative interviews with members of all identified actor groups to investigate practices, attitudes and barriers that impede changes to the health advisory system. Third, we performed focus groups to identify incentives for the desired changes to the health advisory system. The preliminary results confirm the problem statement. Pig veterinarians' main activities in order of time spent and importance for their income, are (i) sale and distribution of medicines, (ii) governmental official work, (iii) attend to emergencies after farmer's request, (iv) give health advice. Veterinarians employed by feed mills or pharmaceutical companies, give 'free' advice which is indirectly paid for by selling feed and drugs. Some of the main identified barriers were (i) current business models relying heavily on the sale of medicines; (ii) the level of competition in both the independent and tied veterinary sector; (iii) reluctance of farmers to pay health professionals for advice; and (iv) lack of a Flemish representative union of the veterinary profession's interests.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 27-Mar-2017|
|Event||International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health - Scotland, Aviemore, United Kingdom|
Duration: 27-Mar-2017 → 28-Mar-2017
Conference number: 1st
|Conference||International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health|
|Period||27/03/17 → 28/03/17|
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Cristina Rojo Gimeno (Speaker)27-Mar-2017 → 28-Mar-2017
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