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By Fiona Reid
Farming
Calf rearing study

A RESEARCHER is looking to speak with farmers in the region who rear calves.

Dr Anja Byg is part of the social, economic and geographical sciences group at The James Hutton Institute, looking at the topic.

She said: “We are hoping to speak to people about their experiences of calf-rearing, the kinds of practices and skills that they feel are important, as well as the challenges they have faced and the ways in which they overcome these.

“Though our particular interest is in calves, this is part of a wider European project looking more broadly at farmers’ care practices in relation to animal health and anti-microbial usage/resistance.”

The study is investigating how farmers manage the health of their cattle and, particularly, care practices relating to calf rearing and how these might have changed over time.

Researchers are also keen to understand how these matters have been affected by Covid.

It is part of a wider project focusing on the use of anti-microbials in different livestock systems in 11 countries.

In keeping with the social distancing measures currently in place, the interview would take place over the phone or video call.

To find out more, email Anja at anja.byg@hutton.ac.uk or call 07423 327005.

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