Farmers Brook and McLachlan (2006) found the

Farmers concerns about the being
close to bTB positive herds and wildlife reserves have been voiced through many
survey studies. Outbreaks of bTB disease have affected
farmers perspective of wildlife on their land (Brook and McLachlan 2006). Hunters and farmers benefit when there are high wildlife populations
in that they are able to hunt more to keep numbers down and potentially scare
wildlife off their property (Koller-Jones et al. 2008). Brook and
McLachlan (2006) found that farms with high bTB
concerns were located closer to bTB positive wildlife and livestock within the
Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP), Manitoba, Canada. Responses from questionnaires surrounding RMNP generally showed
cattle producers had higher concerns about disease concerns and wildlife issues
but lower concerns about societal issues than non-cattle producers (Brook and McLachlan 2006). Brook and
McLachlan (2006) found the more often elk were observed
on farm land the more likely the cattle producers were concerned about
transmission of disease to their livestock. Further comments from
questionnaires reflected concerns farmers have on wildlife leaving the park
boundaries and coming into contact with livestock on farms (Brook and McLachlan 2006). Brook and McLachlan (2006) study suggests that both cattle
producers and non-cattle producers are concerned about bTB disease (>60%),
with cattle producers a slightly higher level of concern.

Bennett
and Balcombe (2012) looked at farmers’ willingness to
pay for a cattle vaccine against bTB, taking into account prevention of the
disease and reduced severity or ‘insurance backed’ vaccine if a herd does
become infected. Results from Bennett and Balcombe’s (2012) study found that farmers wanted to prevent bTB breakdown,
not reduce severity, and wished that the government would cover costs of
ineffective vaccines. Farmers surveyed believed
that having ‘bTB-free’ label on cattle products could be useful marketing
strategy (Bennett and Balcombe 2012). About one fifth of farmers that intended to discontinue
cattle farming gave the reason because of bTB disease (Bennett and Balcombe 2012). Of the participants surveyed, 68% had had a bTB breakdown in
their history and averaged 2.4 bTB breakdowns in the past five years (Bennett and Balcombe 2012). The need for effective measure in reducing bTB occurrence
and preventing wildlife from coming into contact with cattle herds are
priorities for farmers (Brook and McLachlan 2006; Bennett and Balcombe 2012).

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