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Table 3 Visitors’ level of contact with animals

From: A survey of visitors on Swedish livestock farms with reference to the spread of animal diseases

Type of visitor Type of contact Total number
  Direct contact In stable On farm  
  n % n % n %  
Professional visitors        
 Milk truck (driver) 3 0.2 3 0.2 1592 99.6 1598
 Temporary employee 502 80.4 58 9.3 64 10.3 624
 Animal transporter (live or for slaughter) 197 40.6 112 23.1 176 36.3 485
 Feed truck (driver) 0 0.0 8 2.3 341 97.7 349
 AI-technician 301 88.0 20 5.8 21 6.1 342
 Other type of professional visit 82 27.6 72 24.2 143 48.1 297
 Repairman 25 8.8 97 34.0 163 57.2 285
 Veterinarian 240 85.4 29 10.3 12 4.3 281
 Transporter of dead stock 4 4.7 4 4.7 78 90.7 86
 Salesman 1 1.2 18 22.2 62 76.5 81
 Production advisor 17 34.0 8 16.0 25 50.0 50
 Hoof trimmer 32 97.0 0 0.0 1 3.0 33
 Inspector from municipality or county 8 29.6 11 40.7 8 29.6 27
 Sheep shearer 15 93.8 0 0.0 1 6.3 16
 Sample collector (control programme) 7 58.3 4 33.3 1 8.3 12
Non-professional visitors        
 Other visits 151 12.1 318 25.4 781 62.5 1250
 Neighbours 103 15.4 157 23.4 411 61.3 671
 Customers in farm shop 2 2.4 4 4.9 76 92.7 82
 Field trip 21 37.5 22 39.3 13 23.2 56
 “Stay on a farm” 7 24.1 1 3.4 21 72.4 29
  1. Level of contact with the animals at the farm among different categories of visitors, based on 1,315 two-week periods (18,416 days) recorded by 482 Swedish livestock farmers in 2006–2007. The numbers presented in the table are based on visits where type of contact was specified.