On the 19th September 2014, the EFFORT project Coordinator officially launched the first full scale EFFORT sampling campaign. Protocols, tailored for EFFORT and tested during a small pilot study during summer, have been distributed to all partners performing sampling. They are accompanied by information sheets for the samplers and the participating farmers and study volunteers. This latter material has been (or will soon be) translated into the different languages spoken by the EFFORT local communities. They are available for download in the publications section (choose “Participant info”).
During the next weeks and months, EFFORT partners in all participating countries will perform full-scale sampling using the finalized protocol. Each farm visit is expected to take about 4 hours, during which fecal droppings is collected from the animals (poultry, pig, veal…). Saples are also taken from the farm environment (floor, dust, farmers and fields). Furthermore, in order to investigate risk factors for antimicrobial resistance, the EFFORT scientist gathers farm specific data using the project’s specific questionnaire, by interviewing the farmers. The questions are about specific farm characteristics, management, animal antimicrobial usage, biosecurity, animal health and welfare.
For more information on the EFFORT sampling and surrounding scientific activities, please visit the “Activities” section of this website.