Several risk factors (calving, genotypic or herd-level) may contribute to stillbirth in a dairy farm. The importance of farm personnel related risk factors, especially on large-scale dairy farms on the incidence of stillbirth rate has not been highlighted until recently. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of farm personnel management risk factors on a Hungarian large-scale farm. Farm personnel related management changes (introduction of a camera surveillance system, motivating wages and expressed focus on stillbirth rate by the general management) significantly decreased the incidence rate of stillbirths on two of the three examined dairy farms (Farm B: 7.6% vs. 5.0% and Farm C: 8.2% vs. 6.1%) and the total incidence rate (7.7% vs. 5.5%), respectively. On the third farm (Farm A) the incidence rate of stillbirths has not changed significantly (5.7% vs. 4.9%), however it has become a bit lower, as well. The results clearly confirm the effect of farm personnel on the incidence of stillbirth rate, because on average 28.6% improvement could be reached on the examined three dairy farms by improving farm personnel related management during a three-year period.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Magyar Allatorvosok Lapja|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 1 2012|
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