PraeRi is a government-funded (by the Federal Ministery of Food and Agriculture) joint research project of the veterinary faculties from the Freie Universität Berlin, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, and the University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation Hannover. The objective of this study is a representative description of the status quo of dairy cattle health and its influencing factors on German dairy farms.
Data collection will take place in 3 dairy cattle dense regions: Northern Germany (Lower-Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, North Rhine-Westphalia), Eastern Germany (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia) and Southern
Germany (Bavaria). In preparation of the study a representative list of farms has been randomly extracted from all dairy farms listed within the participating regions. Farms deciding to participate will be visited by a team of experienced veterinaria
ns. Farm visits include an interview with the farmer, examination and scoring of individual animals, recording of the housing systems, an assessment of the diet as well as an evaluation of the farm biosecurity. Based on the collected data the participating farms will receive a report comprised of a summary and farm specific recommendations. This report aims to support the farmers in the identification of unused resources.
The data from all farms will be anonymized and combined to prepare a comprehensive up-to-date report of the animal health situation on German dairy farms. This report will then be used to generate guidelines specific for the dairy industry. The goal is that all occupational groups within the dairy industry are going to benefit from the results of this study and the generated guidelines.
Data collection is going to start in December 2016. For further information please check www.PraeRi.de .