On-Farm Barriers to Implementing Fresh Cow Protocols

Dear Dairy Producer,
Approximately 75% of dairy cow diseases happen during the first month after calving, affecting cow health, production, reproduction, and farm economics.  Researchers at the University of Tennessee are trying to identify barriers to implementing fresh cow disease diagnosis and prevention protocols on dairy farms.  We seek your input as a dairy producer to help us understand your perspectives of fresh cow care, diseases, costs, and protocols.  We will be asking questions regarding existing fresh cow protocols, disease costs, and barriers to protocol implementation.  This information will be used to develop new training materials, applied research materials, and extension programs.

We invite you to complete the included research survey and we appreciate your participation.  Your participation is voluntary and you may decline to participate at any time without any penalty.  If you withdraw from the research study before data collection is completed your data will be destroyed.  Withdrawing from the study will not impact your relationship with the university in any way.  We do not foresee any risks to your participation beyond that encountered in everyday life.  The data you provided will be confidential and results will be presented only in the aggregate.

If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, please contact the Institutional Review Board, The University of Tennessee, 1534 White Avenue, Blount Hall, Room 408, Knoxville, TN 37996-1529, Phone: (865) 974-7697, email: utkirb@utk.edu.  Please refer to IRB protocol number: UTK IRB-20-06028-XM.

Completing and returning the survey will be considered as your consent to participate.
Thank you for your assistance.
Research Team
Arup Ratan Sen, asen6@vols.utk.edu
Dr. Elizabeth Eckelkamp, eeckelka@utk.edu
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