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Cattle and sheep farmers’ opinions on the provision and use of abattoir rejection data in the United Kingdom
  1. James Hanley,
  2. Amelia Garcia-Ara and
  3. Wendela Wapenaar
  1. School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington, UK
  1. Correspondence to James Hanley; svyjrh{at}


Background Communication between farmers and veterinary surgeons is reported to differ when involving abattoir rejection data on cattle or sheep.

Methods Using surveys, distributed online and on paper at livestock markets, this study describes the interest and positive opinion of a sample of UK cattle and sheep farmers in receiving abattoir data.

Results Forty-nine per cent of respondents always received abattoir data (n=37/76). Over 80 per cent of respondents were interested in all suggested rejection conditions and particularly liver fluke and respiratory conditions. Eighty-two per cent of farmers were willing to share data with their veterinary surgeon as the information could be used to inform health plans.

Conclusion The study findings indicate that having an accurate and consistent data system, which is easily accessible to farmers and veterinary surgeons, appears an essential next step to improve the use of existing abattoir data and enhance animal health, welfare and production.

  • abattoir rejection data
  • health plans
  • official veterinarian
  • farmer opinion
  • cattle and sheep welfare
  • communication
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  • Funding This study was funded by the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, UK.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Ethical consent was received from all respondents before completing the survey, and ethical approval was granted by the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, UK, before data collection (project ID: 2797190729).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement Data are available upon request.

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