Using qualitative and longitudinal methods to understand dairy farmer stress and mental health as they relate to farm management, barn design, automation, and animal welfare
In a world where animal health and welfare are receiving increasing attention, it is crucial that we understand and support livestock farmers who are under an incredible amount of stress. This research is designed to start a supportive discussion and to collect information on the topic of farmer mental health in the beef and dairy industry, including factors affecting mental health and connections with animal health. We will survey beef and dairy farmers to gain a better understanding of how they are doing and which factors are related to their mental health. This research may help farmers to think and talk more about their mental health. It will improve our understanding and ability to manage farm stress, enhancing the well-being of both farmers and animals, their productivity, efficiency, and profitability.