MSSA Upcoming and Small Scale Farmers
 

Motivation:

Good day. The South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) recently commissioned MSSA to conduct a stakeholder research study to investigate the need for Veterinary and Para-veterinary services in South Africa. We have selected you and appreciate your participation by answering a few questions. It will cover your daily challenges with your animals and future information needs about your animals’ health and related farming issues. Your answers will remain strictly confidential, and under no circumstances will your personal answers be revealed to any organisation or person. The collective answers will be analysed and shared with the SAVC and the HWSETA who is funding the research.   The interview will take about 15 to 20 minutes.

Do not press ENTER when capturing the data, especially the open questions. Just carry on to the next question. At the end of the questionnaire, press on I am not a robot (and answer questions) and then Submit.

Thank you

 
  Please complete the fields below: Name of interviewer, Supervisor and date of interview
 
Name of interviewerName of SupervisorDate of interviewQuestionnaire number
     
  How many livestock on the farm:
 
Estimated numberType of farmer (Upcoming or Small scale
     
  S1: ASK FARMER: How would you describe yourself?
     
  Upcoming farmer
  Small scale farmer
   
  S2: In which province is the interview done?
     
 
   
  S3: Gender of respondent
     
  Female
  Male
   
  S4: Local town/sample area
     
  District:
  Town:
  Part of cluster: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  Sample code:
  Your questionnaire number
     
  S5: In which area was the interview conducted
     
  Rural area
  Rural small town area
  Urban area
   
  Q1a: How long have you been involved with livestock farming?
     
  Less than 5 years
  From 5 to 10 years
  From 11 to 15 years
  From 16 to 25 years
  More than 25 years
   
  Q1b: What is your home language?
     
 
   
  Q1c: Do you have any agricultural training? Please mention type
     
  No agricultural training
  Basic school agricultural training
  Diploma in agriculture
  Degree in agriculture
  Completed agricultural seminars/ courses
     
  Q1d: Please confirm your personal details
     
  Name and surname:
  Cell number:
  E-mail:
     
  Q1e: What is your age?
     
  From 16-24 years
  From 25 to 34 years
  From 35 to 49 years
  From 50 to 64 years
  65 and more years
   
  Q2a What is the size if your household when you are eating together? and Q2bi Houshold income (not farming)?
 
Size of householdAnnual income of household (not farming)
     
  What is your annual income from farming?
     
 
   
  Q2 c1 How many Cattle (it includes cows and calves)
 
   
  Q2 c2 How many Chickens?
 
   
  Q2 c3 How many Game?
 
   
  Q2 c4 How many Goats?
 
   
  Q2 c5 How many Horses?
 
   
  Q2 c6 How many Ostrich?
 
   
  Q2 c7 How many Pets?
 
   
  Q2 c8 How many Pigs?
 
   
  Q2 c9 How many Sheep?
 
   
  Q2d: On what kind of land do you farm?
     
  Communal land
  Municipal land
  My own farm land
  Rented land
  Other
     
  If other please mention
 
   
  Q3a: Which of the following veterinary services have you heard of? Interviewer please read the list (Multi response)
     
  Animal Welfare Organisations [AWOs]
  Community Veterinary Clinics [CVCs]
  State Veterinary Services
  Compulsory Community Veterinary Services [CCS]-(State employees]
  Veterinary clinics [private veterinarians]
  Animal health technicians
  None of the above
     
  Q3b: Which of the following veterinary services have you made use of in the past?
     
  Animal Welfare Organisations [AWOs]
  Community Veterinary Clinics [CVCs]
  State Veterinary Services
  Compulsory Community Veterinary Services [CCS]-(State employees]
  Veterinary clinics [private veterinarians]
  Animal health technicians
  None of the above
     
  Why?
 
   
  Q3c: How often, during the past 5 years, did you make use of veterinary services?
     
  Often: once a month
  Regularly: once in 3 months
  Sometimes: once every 6 months
  Not often: once a year
  Rarely: once the past 5 years
  Not at all
   
  Q3d: Is the veterinary service that you use, within acceptable distance from your house/farm?
     
 
   
  Q4: How do you know what preventative actions to take to have healthy livestock?
     
  I do not do anything
  I talk to my fellow farmers and ask what they do
  I read in agriculture magazines what to do
  I use my cell phone and internet to get information
  I attend information days about how to have healthy livestock
  I talk to and ask the animal health technician when he/she visits
  I contact and ask our state veterinary services
  I contact and ask the private veterinarian
     
  Q5: Do you manage and control food supply to your livestock regularly?
     
  Yes
  No
   
  If yes, how?
 
   
  If no, why not?
 
   
  Q6a: How do you know when your livestock have a disease//illness?
     
  Do not know
  My fellow farmers tell me
  My animal health technician informs me
  When the behaviour of the animal is abnormal
  When the animal loses weight
  When the animal has a high temperature
  Other, please mention
     
  If other, please mention
 
   
  Q6b: If you have a disease amongst your livestock, what do you normally do?
 
   
  Q6c: If the livestock of your neighbour/fellow farmers have a disease, what do you do? (Read options)
     
  Do nothing
  Take preventative action to isolate your livestock
  Ask your neighbour to contact veterinary services in your area
  Discuss the disease with the community/leader in the area
  Report the disease yourselves to the state veterinary services in your area
  Report the disease yourselves to the private veterinarian in your area
     
  Q7a: How do you know what preventative actions to take in order to have healthy livestock?
     
  I do not do anything
  I talk to my fellow farmers and ask what they do
  I read in agriculture magazines what to do
  I attend information days about how to prevent diseases
  I talk and ask to the animal health technician when he/she visits
  I contact our state veterinary services
  I contact the private veterinarian in my area
     
  Q7b: What preventative actions do you take to have a healthy livestock? Read options (Multi response)
     
  I do not do anything
  I have a healthy food supply plan for my livestock
  I regularly inspect my livestock for illness or diseases
  I have stock remedies available
  I update my knowledge regularly for the correct use of remedies
  My animal health technician regularly inspects my livestock
  The state veterinarian visits me
  The private veterinarian visits us
     
   
 

Q8: To what extent do you agree with the following statements?

   
  Q8.1 Animal health technicians (secondary health care) often visit my farm
     
 
   
  Q8.2 There is a shortage of animal health technicians in our area
     
 
   
  Q8.3 Traditional way of livestock farming is dominant here
     
 
   
  Q8.4 We have many livestock diseases in our area
     
 
   
  Q8.5 I know what services veterinarians offer
     
 
   
  Q8.6 Veterinarian help to make livestock more productive
     
 
   
  Q8.7 Veterinary services (primary health care) in my area is too expensive
     
 
   
  Q8.8 I know what services animal health technicians (para-veterinary services) offer
     
 
   
  Q8.9 State veterinary services in my area is free
     
 
   
  Q8.10 You should pay a fee for veterinary services
     
 
   
  Q8.11 Our socio-economic condition is good where I stay
     
 
   
  Q8.12 I cannot afford to pay for veterinary services
     
 
   
  Q8.13 Stock theft is a problem here
     
 
   
  Q8.14 There is a lot of support for commercial production in our area by commercial farmers
     
 
   
  Q8.15 We have access to the internet
     
 
   
  Q8.16 There is corruption in livestock sales here
     
 
   
   
 

Q9: When you made use of a state veterinary service how much did you pay for the service

   
  9.a When you visited the state clinic?
     
  Never made use of a state veterinary service
  R100 to R199
  R200 to R299
  R300 to R399
  R400 to R499
  R500 to R599
  R600 to R699
  R700 to R799
  R800 to R999
  More than R1000. Please mention amount
   
  If more than R 1 000 please mention amount
 
   
  9.b When the state veterinary services visited you farm (transport cost included)?
     
  Never made use of a state veterinary service
  R100 to R199
  R200 to R299
  R300 to R399
  R400 to R499
  R500 to R599
  R600 to R699
  R700 to R799
  R800 to R999
  More than R1 000. Please mention amount
   
  If more than R1 000 mention please
 
   
  Q10a: Will you be prepared to pay for private veterinary services to make your livestock more productive?
     
  Yes
  No
   
  If yes, what do you think is a reasonable fee per visit on advice to developing more productive livestock (transport included)? Interviewer start from the highest price and then go down until agreed amount.
     
  R300 to R399
  R400 to R499
  R500 to R599
  R600 to R699
  R700 to R799
  R800 to R999
  R1 000. to R1 999
  R1 100 to R1 999
  R 1 200 and more: Mention amount
   
  If more than R1 200 please mention
 
   
  If no, why not?
 
   
 


 
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