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Table 3 Responses of veterinary practitioners who did not provide a herd fertility service (HFS) in Ireland, The Netherlands and Portugal (responses in % *).

From: Veterinary dairy herd fertility service provision in seasonal and non-seasonal dairy industries - a comparison

  All veterinary respondents (n = 49) Veterinary practitioners in Ireland (n = 35) Veterinary practitioners in The Netherlands (n = 4) Veterinary practitioners in Portugal (n = 10)
Why do you not provide a HFS?
No client demand 55.1 62.9 25 40
Lack of fertility records 32.7 42.9 0 10
I'm not specialised in fertility 30.6 25.7 0 60
I'm too busy with other work 30.6 28.6 25 40
I can't justify the cost:benefit to clients 22.5 25.7 25 10
This service is already provided by a competing vet/other 14.3 8.6 25 30
It wouldn't pay me as well as my other work 10.2 11.4 0 10
I don't see the need for it 2 0 0 10
Other 0   0  
Do you want to provide a HFS?
Yes 79.6 82.9 25 90
No 20.4 17.1 75 10
What would assist you in providing a HFS?
More time to concentrate on herd fertility 73.5 74.3 25 90
Better economic evidence to convince clients 67.3 74.3 25 60
Better fertility data provision 63.3 65.7 25 70
A fertility referral service that I could consult 46.9 54.3 25 30
Other 38.8 42.9 25 30
  1. *Each % figure represents the percentage of respondents who provided this answer and as each respondent could provide multiple responses within some questions, the total % for each question does not necessarily add up to 100%.