Title: sheep and cattle traceability - the impact of environmental and other factors on ear tag loss in Scotland
Invitation: you are being invited to take part in a study that will help researchers at SRUC explore ear tag losses in sheep and cattle in Scotland. We are keen to hear the views of all livestock keepers: however large or small their herd or flock; and however high or low their level of tag losses.
This work is supported by the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (Ref. SRUC-A2.5). This form has been approved by SRUC's Social Science Ethical Review Committee (ref. 66/47145693).
What will happen: if you decide to take part you will be asked: i) about the number and type of livestock that you have; and ii) to give your best estimate of the number of lost tags in your herd and/or flock over the last 12 months. We are also interested in collecting your feedback on the factors you believe are influencing tag losses in your stock.
Time commitment: in pre-testing, the questionnaire took 15-20 minutes to complete.
Participants' rights: you may decide to withdraw from this research at any time. You can skip a question if you would rather not answer it.
Benefits and risks: By taking part in this study, you will be helping us to develop a better understanding of ear tag losses in Scotland. There is no known risk in taking part.
Cost, reimbursement and compensation: your participation in this study is entirely voluntary.
Further information: the project team will be pleased to answer any questions about this study. They may be contacted by: writing to Ear Tag Loss Project, Centre for Epidemiology and Planetary Health (CEPH), Dept. of Veterinary and Animal Science, SRUC, An Lochran, Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA; calling 07871 062471; or e-mailing email@example.com.
Consent: by proceeding with this survey you are confirming that you have read and understood this Participant Information and you are taking part in this research voluntarily.