‘Joint ill’ is a disease commonly affecting the joints of young lambs less than one month old. It causes severe pain and lameness, as well as significant financial losses to farms each year. This survey contributes to a project, funded by the University of Liverpool, AHDB Beef and Lamb and in collaboration with The Moredun Research Institute, which aims to find practical solutions for farmers to prevent joint ill. Your participation in this survey will help identify farm management practices which effect the risk of joint ill occurring on farms, and will contribute to new knowledge to help protect flocks.

Please complete this survey if you are a UK sheep farmer, regardless of whether you do or do not experience joint ill outbreaks.

This survey should take between 15-20 minutes to complete. To thank you for taking part, you will have the opportunity at the end of the survey to enter a prize draw for an Apple iPad, a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, or a Fortnum and Mason Luxury Hamper.

All data is collected completely anonymously and confidentially, we will not be able to identify you or your farm from the data collected. We will hold the data for 10 years on a secure computer system at the University of Liverpool, in accordance with UK General Data Protection Regulations. You can withdraw your data at any time during completion of the survey, until you press 'Finish' at the end, at which point data will anonymised. The anonymous results of this survey will be used as part of a research project, be published in scientific journals, and will be used to produce publications for knowledge transfer. By agreeing to take part in this survey, you consent to your data being used in this way. If you have any questions, concerns or feedback about this survey, please contact Louise Jackson at 




All questions apply to this years 2020 lambing season. 


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