Stride is a new industry-wide dairy mobility initiative committed to helping drive improvements in dairy cow mobility.  The partners in the initiative are Ceva, HerdVision, IVC Farm Vets, Neogen and Zinpro in association with CowManagement magazine.

Lameness continues to be a significant cost to the UK dairy industry, a top three cause of ill health in dairy cows and a key welfare issue. This survey aims to identify the opinions of dairy farmers to cow mobility and their approach to lameness. These responses will help the whole industry to find practical and sustainable solutions to support producers. We will also be hosting on-farm events later in the year.
 
If you complete the survey you will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of 40 prizes supplied by the partners.  You can also opt to receive a free copy of the survey results and regular free copies of CowManagement magazine.

The draw will be made in early May and all prize winners will be published in CowManagement.

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* 1. Which age group do you fall into? (please select one answer)

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* 2. What is the main breed of cows in your herd? (please select one answer)

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* 3. How big is your herd? (please select one answer)

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* 4. What is your herd's calving pattern? (please select one answer)

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* 5. On average, how many weeks a year do your cows spend at pasture? (please select one answer)

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* 6. Please tell us how your milking herd is housed. (please select all that apply)

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* 7. What is the average yield per cow in litres per lactation? (please select one answer)

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* 8. How many heifers, of all ages, do you have on your farm? (please select one answer)

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* 9. What milking system do you have on your farm? (please select one answer)

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* 10. What is your job role? (please select one answer)

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* 11. Who has responsibility for cows' foot health and mobility on your farm? (please select all that apply)

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* 12. How significant is the problem of lameness in your milking herd? (please select one answer)

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* 13. How significant is the problem of lameness in your heifers? (please select one answer)

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* 14. Is lameness reducing production and affecting profitability on your farm? (please select one answer)

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* 15. Who else is involved with reducing lameness in your herd? (please select all that apply)

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* 16. Do you have any of the following? (please select all that apply)

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* 17. Are you confident in your knowledge of the practical steps or effective measures to reduce lameness in your herd? (please select one answer)

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* 18. Which of the following are causing lameness in your herd? (please rank from 1-5 where 1 is the most important)

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* 19. Who trims feet on your farm? (please select one answer)

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* 20. When do you trim cows' feet? (please select all that apply)

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* 21. For what classes of your herd do you use a footbath? (please select all that apply)

  Weekly or more often Less than weekly and up to 3 times per month Monthly or less often Never
Milking herd
Dry cows
In-calf heifers
Youngstock

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* 22. How important is lameness when making culling decisions? (please select one answer)

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* 23. To what extent do you consider the goal of reducing lameness when making breeding decisions on your farm? (please select one answer)

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* 24. Do you use genomic testing specifically to enhance lameness resistance in your breeding program? (please select all that apply)

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* 25. Which of the following treatments do you use or does your vet prescribe for lame cows? (please select all that apply)

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* 26. Which cows do you treat with a NSAID/painkiller? (please select all that apply)

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* 27. Which minerals do you add to your ration to support foot health? (please select one answer)

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* 28. When considering the influence of diet on hoof health, which of the following have you adopted? (please select all that apply)

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* 29. Do you mobility score your cows? (please select one answer)

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* 30. Who undertakes the mobility scoring? (please select one answer)

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* 31. How easy do you think it would be to reduce lameness in your herd? (please select one answer)

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* 32. To what extent do you agree with this sentence? "The level of lameness will decrease in my herd in the next 12 months". (please select one answer)

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* 33. How likely is it that you will increase your investment in reducing lameness in the next 12 months? (please select one answer)

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* 34. Are there any new approaches to lameness that you are interested in? (please select all that apply)

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* 35. Please use this box to share anything else that you think is important concerning lameness.

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* 36. Thank you for completing the survey and participating in the Stride Initiative.

We would like to keep in touch with you, keep you informed about the Stride Initiative and enter you into our free prize draw.

If you are happy for us to do this please tick the box below and give your contact details

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* 37. Please enter your contact details below.

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* 38. Our partners would also like to contact you occasionally with promotional and other material.  Only the Stride group of partners will have access to your data.  The data will be held securely and will not be shared with any third-party organisations. 

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