In these unprecedented and unusual times, the way we function in all aspects of our lives has had to change.
An important aspect of farming life that has had to change is the way in which farmers work with their vets for non-emergency practises.
The changes that we have seen may become the ‘new normal’ in the future as the country begins to exit lockdown.
To help farmers and vets going forwards, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is launching the FarmComm study and is looking for input from as many farmers throughout Ireland as possible.
What is it?
With so many of the normal routines changing, the FarmComm study aims to discover what methods can be implemented going forward and what methods have been successful to date.
Routines such as vet visits for flock or herd health planning, practice meetings, trips to the mart, days out at local shows as well as national livestock shows have all been affected. We are now presented with the chance to contribute to important knowledge exchange.
“Successful farming relies on close contact between farmers, vets, nutritionists and other advisers. Without this, businesses could well struggle at a time when they can least afford it,” says Matt Yarnall, senior brand manager at Boehringer Ingelheim.
“There is not going to be one size fits all solution. A whole range of working methods will come in to play so the FarmComm study is setting out to understand what may work, what won’t work and how people want to work,” he added.
The FarmComm study will be being sent out directly to farmers or can be accessed by clicking here.
The researchers involved in the study ask that you take a few minutes to share your thoughts in order to shape how we all work together in the future.