There are several reasons for this: a lack of local shops, few, poor quality and badly conserved drugs available, but above all a shortage of veterinarians ready to advise, prescribe and administer cow care. Another reason is the past. In Soviet times, veterinarians were state employees and worked in all herds. Since independence, veterinarians who have become liberals have difficulty being paid by farmers who are used to the free service so they prefer not to be involved.
However, access to veterinary care is essential. The farmers who are members of Ertoba, an association of dairy farmers in the Lesser Caucasus, have therefore decided to mobilize.