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Table 3 Relative frequencies [%] of the of the participants’ answers (Part 2–4) and median ranks on a scale from 1 (agreement) to 5 (disagreement) for the identified groups of cattle farmers

From: Identification of different attitudes towards paratuberculosis control using cluster analysis applied on data from an anonymous survey among German cattle farmers

Question Frequencies of answers Mean rank
Answer Yes Rather yes Missing answer Rather no No Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 ‘Informed sceptics’ ‘Deniers’ ‘Affected supporters’ ‘Free supporters’
Do you consider paratuberculosis a dangerous epizootic disease? 36.9 36.0 2.2 20.9 4.0 4 3 1 2
Do you think that paratuberculosis threatens your cattle business’ profitability? 48.0 28.9 1.8 19.6 1.8 2 2 1 1
Do you fear an impact of MAP exposure on your personal health by its believed potential of causing Morbus Crohn? 28.0 25.8 3.1 36.0 7.1 2 4 2 2
Do you fear that a potential public health impact of MAP exposure will damage the image of the dairy and beef sectors? 66.2 22.2 2.2 6.7 2.7 1 2 1 1
Do you assume or know that your herd is affected by paratuberculosis? 20.4 15.1 2.2 34.7 27.6 4 2 1 4
Will the detection of MAP in your herd prod you into enroling in a paratuberculosis control programme? 51.1 35.6 4.0 7.6 1.8 2 4 1 1
Do you want to know the paratuberculosis status of the herd of origin when buying breeding cattle? 87.6 10.7 1.3 0.4 0.0 1 1 1 1
Would you welcome a mandatory control programme in Germany? 37.3 36.9 3.1 15.6 7.1 4 3 1 1
If you are / were participating in a control programme, what will / would be your motivation?
 to protect future profitability 74.7 16.9 6.2 0.9 1.3 1 2 1 1
 to ease the marketing of breeding cattle 60.9 18.2 5.8 9.3 5.8 1 2 1 1
 to protect the own healthiness 50.7 27.1 6.2 12.9 3.1 2 3 1 1
 to improve general animal health 73.8 20.0 4.9 1.3 0.0 1 2 1 1
 because I perceive paratuberculosis a threat to food safety 25.8 22.2 7.6 33.3 11.1 4 4 2 2
 because I don’t want to miss the boat 34.2 24.0 8.4 21.3 12.0 2 3 2 2
 financial incentives of the Animal Disease Fund 58.2 23.6 7.1 7.6 3.6 1 2 1 1
 enrolment of my business partners or peers 17.8 21.3 12.4 24.9 23.6 4 3 3 3
If you are / were not participating in a control programme, what will / would be your motivation?
 because the programme is not mandatory 12.9 14.7 48.0 11.1 13.3 3 3 3 3
 the costs of the diagnostic tests 25.8 14.7 46.2 8.9 4.4 2 2 3 3
 the additional efforts to improve hygiene 16.9 10.7 48.0 13.3 11.1 3 2 3 3
 because I cannot cull positive cows 10.7 13.8 48.0 13.8 13.8 3 3 3 3
 because I think the diagnostic tests are of low accuracy 14.2 13.8 47.6 14.2 10.2 3 2 3 3
 because I do not recognise a threat to food safety 8.9 13.3 47.6 15.6 14.7 3 3 3 3