Paul Burden is a large animal veterinarian having worked in dairy practice in Australia and currently enrolled in the MSc programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is researching the factors that influence decision making regarding Johne’s disease (JD) control on dairy farms.

His research addresses the benefits and drawbacks of JD control policy, as perceived by Australian dairy farmers. The objectives are to (a) understand perceived catalysts and barriers to JD control, (b) understand the role of a vaccine in a control strategy, and (c) how the learnings from Australian JD control programs may apply to JD control in Canada. He is gathering the information necessary to answer these research questions through an online survey.

The survey will ask farmers to answer a series of questions regarding dairy farm characteristics, animal health and biosecurity, attitudes and perceptions of the benefits and drawbacks of JD control programs, and some basic demographics. Paul advises that all responses are anonymous and will be aggregated; no individual responses will be identifiable.

Any dairy farmer wishing to take part in Mr Burden’s survey investigating Johne’s Disease control on dairy farms, click on the following link:

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