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over 2 years ago

Participation in a lameness study

I am currently studying a for a Master’s degree in sustainable and efficient food production at Aberystwyth University. For my dissertation I intend to study the prevalence of lameness in UK dairy herds and identify risk factors for lameness and hoof lesions in both conventional and automatic milking systems.  

The study will require that I measure the mobility scores of cows on a number of farms as well as other farm and animal attributes such as breed, hoof trimming frequency, foot bathing solution and bedding materials used amongst others.  

I am looking to recruit dairy farms of all sizes and management styles, to take part in this study and I would be very grateful if you would be willing to take part. Study farms will have their herd mobility score provided to them as feedback as well as access to the main findings of the dissertation. The data collected from participating farms including any sensitive information will be kept in confidence and will not be distributed.

If you are interested in being a part of this study, could you please email me. If you would like more information on the study before making a decision then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Carl Martins