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As little as possible, as much as necessary

February 7, 2019

The principle of ‘As little as possible, as much as necessary’ is a central message of the recently launched workshops on ‘Responsible use of Antibiotics in the Dairy Herd’. The popular workshops are delivered by veterinary surgeons from Animal Health & Welfare NI and around 250 local dairy farmers have attended the first six workshops.

The workshop creates awareness across a number of areas starting with how anti-microbial resistance to antibiotics develops and the likely future impact in terms of both animal and human health.

Practical guidance is provided on the do’s and don’ts of responsible antibiotic use during an open discussion about attendees own practical experience of managing animal health issues on their farms.

The workshop aims to help milk producers make informed choices in developing animal health protocols on their own farms. It also gives key tips on the best use of antibiotics and how to avoid residues in milk.

The workshop concludes with examples of best practice in dairy herds through improved herd management and appropriate antibiotic usage. While each farm is different, there are common principles central to good herd health management. These include the importance of the farm’s veterinary surgeon, good records, hygiene and proper milking equipment maintenance.

A short video clip highlighting key points from the workshop, along with dates and locations of future workshops is available on the Responsible Use of Antibiotics in the Dairy Herd course page on this website.

The workshops are free to attend for farmers, farm employees and farm family members. Each participant will receive a training and attendance certificate that fulfils current assurance scheme recommendations.

Farm Family Key Skills programme (FFKS) is an initiative within the Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS). FBIS is a key element of the NI Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and is part funded by the EU

For further information on attending or arranging training in your area contact Animal Health & Welfare NI (AHWNI) at:

Tel: 028 7963 9333

Antibiotics WorkshopWorkshop members considering the antibiotic use in their dairy herds during the Hillsborough Workshop.