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

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Shortall, Orla, Sutherland, Lee-Ann, Ruston, Annmarie and Kaler, Jasmeet 2017. 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
AuthorsShortall, Orla, Sutherland, Lee-Ann, Ruston, Annmarie and Kaler, Jasmeet
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.

KeywordsFarming; Bioscurity
Year2017
JournalSociologia Ruralis
PublisherWiley
ISSN00380199
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12205
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622471
hdl:10545/622471
Publication dates30 Nov 2017
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Deposited29 Mar 2018, 10:41
Accepted25 Nov 2017
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ContributorsUniversity of Nottingham, The James Hutton Institute, University of Derby, Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences, The James Hutton Institute; Craigiebuckler Aberdeen AB15 8QH Scotland, UK, Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences, The James Hutton Institute; Craigiebuckler Aberdeen AB15 8QH UK, College of Health and Social Care; University of Derby, Kedleston Road; Derby DE22 1GB UK and The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science; The University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus; Sutton Bonington Leicestershire LE12 5RD UK
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