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Looking for Organic Dairy Farmers’ Insight on Non-Antibiotic Solutions for Dairy Animal Infections: A Brief Survey

Organic dairy farmers are well-aware that non-antibiotic solutions for dairy animal infections offer long-term sustainability without the dual risks of antibiotic resistance and lingering residues and the enrichment of non-antibiotic treatments is an important goal that would not be properly performed without the input of the organic dairy farmer.

Chris Carlin, a second-year graduate student in the Master of Microbial Biotechnology program at North Carolina State University is seeking input and the valuable insights of the organic dairy farmer via a short summary. For his capstone Master's project, Chris is researching antimicrobial usage on organic dairy farms. In particular, he would like to better understand which infections are encountered on these farms; how those infections are treated; how decisions on antimicrobials are made; and where information about antimicrobial options is sourced. His anonymous survey can be completed on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone device in under 10 minutes. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop and refine ideas for innovative, non-antibiotic treatments for microbial infections on organic dairy farms that could then be further elaborated into product opportunities. Mr. Carlin said, "I very much value your help in this process and would be happy to share the survey results with you once it is completed." Click here to complete the survey.