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True cowmen and commercial farmers: exploring vets’ and dairy farmers’ contrasting views of ‘good farming’ in relation to biosecurity

Shortall, Orla; Sutherland, Lee-Ann; Ruston, Annmarie; Kaler, Jasmeet

Authors

Orla Shortall Orla.shortall@hutton.ac.uk

Lee-Ann Sutherland

Annmarie Ruston

JASMEET KALER JASMEET.KALER@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Epidemiology & Precision Livestock Informatics



Abstract

Responsibility for biosecurity in UK farming is being devolved from government to industry, with a greater emphasis on the veterinarian (vet)-farmer relationship. Although social science has shown that care for animals is part of ‘good farming’, the British dairy sector sees a need to improve biosecurity. This research uses the good farmer concept to compare how vets and dairy farmers define good farming for biosecurity based on qualitative interviews with 28 vets and 15 dairy farmers in England. The results revealed two conflicting ‘good farmer’ identities: the large, commercial farmer who has the economic capital to invest in biosecurity and veterinary services; and the self-sufficient stock keeper whose cultural and social capital lead them to manage herd health independently. These identities reflect changing ‘rules of the game’, following Bourdieu's use of the term, and increasing penetration of vets’ cultural capital into the sector. They involve different constructions of risk which need to be recognised within debates about good biosecurity.

Citation

Shortall, O., Sutherland, L., Ruston, A., & Kaler, J. (in press). True cowmen and commercial farmers: exploring vets’ and dairy farmers’ contrasting views of ‘good farming’ in relation to biosecurity. Sociologia Ruralis, https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12205

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 25, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 22, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 9, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 23, 2020
Journal Sociologia Ruralis
Print ISSN 0038-0199
Electronic ISSN 0038-0199
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12205
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49687
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soru.12205/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Shortall, O., Sutherland, L.-A., Ruston, A. and Kaler, J. (2018), True Cowmen and Commercial Farmers: Exploring Vets’ and Dairy Farmers’ Contrasting Views of ‘Good Farming’ in Relation to Biosecurity. Sociologia Ruralis. doi:10.1111/soru.12205, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soru.12205/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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