Farmers’ Beliefs and Risks of Bovine Tuberculosis in Cattle

Lillian Phenice, Robert J Griffore, John B Kaneene, Mikiyasu Hakoyama


This research examined farmers’ beliefs and possible association with Mycobacterium bovis in cattle. A survey of farmers in Midwest, U.S. with TB Positive herds, a Matching Control sample from TB positive areas, and farmers from areas that were TB Free was conducted. Data from 31 respondents yielded insights about the beliefs of farmers concerning how Bovine TB was transmitted and how the disease can be prevented. Comparison of the three groups suggests some important differences. Evidence suggests that farmers’ beliefs are important factors to consider with regard to control of the transmission of Bovine TB. While beliefs alone do not translate into behaviors, the findings suggest possibilities for preventive solutions that are specific to characteristics of a particular human ecosystem.


Bovine tuberculosis, ecosystems, epidemiology, farmers, minimizing risk

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