Background

La Trobe researchers are seeking participants for an anonymous survey that relates to liver fluke control on dairy farms in Victoria. Preliminary findings have established that liver fluke is a significant problem on farms in the Macalister Irrigation District, and on select farms in the Murray Dairy region. We are seeking dairy owners, managers and share farmers who regularly treat their stock for liver fluke to participate in our survey. With the assistance of the funding partners, Gardiner Foundation and Dairy Australia, we hope to determine from the survey the current management practices used to control liver fluke on Victorian dairy farms. This information will be used to develop a liver fluke control program that can be implemented on many dairy farms in Victoria.

Eligibility

Participants must be a dairy farm owner, manager or share farmer who has treated their cattle in the last 12 months for liver fluke. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and able to fluently read and write English to fill out the survey independently.

What does the research involve?

Your only obligation is to allocate 10 to 20 minutes (maximum) to fill out either the online or hardcopy version of the survey. The questions will be fixed choice and open ended questions which require you to state how you manage your dairy and how you control liver fluke in your cattle.

For more information please consult the participant information statement. PIS – Final

Participate here 

Complete the online survey be clicking here or request a hard copy by submitting a query on the contact page.

The project was approved by the College of Science, Health and Engineering Human Ethics Sub-Committee, La Trobe University, reference number S17-068.