Nottingham vet student Eva Kenny needs to gather information for her research project on the perception of cattle abortion and the uptake of abortion investigations by Irish and UK cattle farmers. Can you help?
A third year veterinary student at the University of Nottingham is asking large animal vets to aid in her research project on the perception of cattle abortion and the uptake of abortion investigations by Irish and UK cattle farmers.
Student Eva Kenny developed the short questionnaire for cattle farmers to collect information on their approach, opinion and motivation to investigate abortions on their farms.
However, in an attempt to get the survey to as many farms as possible, she is calling on vets in practice to distribute questionnaires to their clients, or point them in the direction of the online version at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/InvestigatingCattleAbortion
The reasons for undertaking abortion investigations vary from farm to farm, but Eva said: “It is important to discern the factors that motivate farmers to seek assistance in dealing with abortions and, even more imperative, to identify barriers that deter farmers from investigating abortions.
“A clearer understanding of these reasons will help vets to better serve their clients in this area.”
She added: “Farmers differ in their views of what constitutes an abortion problem, which in turn affects how abortion preventative and diagnostic management is carried out on farms.”
With this in mind, Eva wants to hear from all cattle farmers who have had pregnant cattle present on their farm in the last 12 months, whether they have had cattle abort or not. The questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and all data will be treated with complete confidentiality.
As an incentive, all participants that complete the questionnaire can choose to be entered into a prize draw to receive a voucher worth £100 for the agricultural stockist of their choice.