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ROCHA, Christiane Maria Barcellos Magalhães da et al. Perception of dairy farmers from Passos county, MG, Brazil, concerning the tick Boophilus microplus (acari: ixodidae), 2001. Cienc. Rural [online]. 2006, vol.36, n.4, pp. 1235-1242. ISSN 1678-4596. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-84782006000400029.
Twenty five dairy farms were randomly chosen from all farms producing more than 500 liters of milk/ day in Passos, MG, Brazil. The owners were interviewed to characterize their perceptions about the biology of B. microplus and their attitudes towards tick control. Most of the producers have a college degree and more than six year-experience in the activity. The biological damages caused by ticks are perceived by the farmers. Their tick control is performed without technical criteria and they did not show a proper knowledge on the biology of B. microplus nor on the toxicological risks of acaricides application. The results reveal a gap between the technology and farmers, favoring tick resistance to acaricides.
Keywords : Boophilus microplus; perception; attitude; Brazilian milk farmers.