Cattle Parasite Questionaire
I am a PhD student studying at the University of Liverpool, with the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences (IVES) supervised by Dr John Graham-Brown. My project focuses on parasitic infections of grazing cattle and is funded by the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). We are currently conducting a survey on parasitic disease control on UK cattle farms. We aim to investigate the prevalence of parasitic disease in grazing cattle and current control methods used on farms. This survey, aimed at UK cattle farmers, is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes. Participants who complete it will have a chance of winning an iPad, and/or a 12-month subscription to the NADIS online parasite control planner.
We are writing to you because the Red Poll Cattle Society is a well-known organisation concerned with sustainable disease control, animal welfare and food production and we believe you could help us gather the data we need for our study by reaching more farmers across the UK.
We are therefore writing to request your help in disseminating our questionnaire to farmers across the UK. Could you possibly please assist us by sharing the following link to our questionnaire on your website and as part of your routine correspondence with your farming clients/members? Below is some text that you could use as a template for any such correspondence:
“The University of Liverpool are conducting a study into the prevalence of parasitic diseases in grazing cattle across the UK and the current control methods used, and would like your help. If you are a UK farmer who grazes cattle we would love to hear from you through the completion of our short questionnaire (link below). The survey is anonymous, and should take approximately 20 minutes of your time. On completion you will have a chance of winning an iPad, and/or a 12 month subscription to the NADIS online parasite control planner!
If you are interested in participating, please visit the following link for more details:
Any help is greatly appreciated. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
Grisial Roberts, PhD candidate, University of Liverpool