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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Methodology for studying human attitudes and behaviour to cow-calf contact systems

Ferneborg, Sabine; Napolitano, Fabio; Vaarst, Mette; Mejdell, Cecilie M.; Waiblinger, Susanne; de Oliveira, Daiana;


This position paper describes a common stand on methodology of human attitudes and behaviour that is suitable to use in studies regarding cow-calf contact (CCC) in dairy production, in order to create a common knowledge base and foundation for future recommendations of CCC systems. We describe how different quantitative and qualitative methods can be used to study human attitudes to CCC as well as farmer or consumer behaviour. We aim to contribute to a better understanding of the available methods, and hope that this paper can be used as a guideline for future studies in this area.


Attitudes; consumers; cow-calf contact systems; interviews; human-animal relationship

Published in

Journal of Dairy Research

2020, volume: 87, article number: PII S0022029920000448

Authors' information

Ferneborg, Sabine
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Napolitano, Fabio
University of Basilicata
Vaarst, Mette
Aarhus University
Mejdell, Cecilie M.
Norwegian Veterinary Institute
Waiblinger, Susanne
University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Environment and Health

UKÄ Subject classification

Animal and Dairy Science

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