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Responsible use of Antimicrobials on the Dairy Farm Workshops

Following the success of the ‘Responsible Use of Antimicrobials on the Dairy Farm’ workshops earlier this year, another programme of workshops is being held this winter. The course is offered as part of the Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) Scheme.

Antimicrobials, especially antibiotics have been one of the most powerful drugs used to combat disease for many decades. They are used widely in both human medicine and in animal health. But the issue of antimicrobial resistance is increasing and it is now a major cause of concern worldwide. Every possible action needs to be taken to manage the use of antibiotics on the farm to help tackle this problem.

The workshops are delivered by veterinary practitioners and will focus on a number of areas including:

  • What antimicrobials are and how antimicrobial resistance develops.
  • Best practice in the use of antimicrobials and other medicines.
  • Practical steps to reduce the use of antimicrobials on the farm and
  • avoiding residues.

The following link is for a short video which gives a flavour of the training provided. https://youtu.be/d-R0UxOIcbg   

The training is free for farmers, farm family members and farm staff and will be held in local venues across Northern Ireland. The training offered also meets the requirements of various farm quality assurance schemes including the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme.

Anyone wishing to attend must register in advance. To find a course near to you and to enrol please visit CAFRE website www.cafre.ac.uk/farm-family-key-skills/animal-health/ or contact Animal Health & Welfare NI (AWHNI) Tel: 028 7963 9333.

For information on the range of Farm Family Key Skills courses and availability please visit the link https://www.cafre.ac.uk/farm-family-key-skills/

Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) is part of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme, funded under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

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