NI dairy farmers to learn more on cutting antibiotic use

NI dairy farmers to learn more on cutting antibiotic use

Dairy farmers in Northern Ireland are being offered the chance to travel to England to learn how some producers there have reduced their herd dependence on antibiotics.

The study tour is part of the Farm Innovation Visits Scheme being delivered by DAERA’s College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) and applications are invited from one member or employee of a dairy farm business, with a total of 15 places available.

The tour will includie a visit to the Nottingham University Dairy Research Facility and a presentation by Dr James Breen, a veterinarian with many years experience, both a practitioner and researcher, specialising in mastitis reduction strategies.

Dr Breen is an Associate Professor, Cattle Health and Production at the University of Nottingham and has been involved in the production of research papers on mastitis, as well as lecturing at the university.

He was involved in the roll-out of the AHDB mastitis control programme, which was successfully implemented on numerous farms in Britain.

The trip will take place on from March 8-9 in 2023.

A DAERA spokesperson said: “To increase the benefits arising from the study tour, all applicants must identify a group of farmers to share their findings with upon their return.

“The Farm Innovation Visit Scheme, which is part of the NI Rural Development Programme will cover the costs associated with setting up the visit, accommodation, travel outside of Northern Ireland and meals when in Great Britain.

“Participants will be expected to meet any additional costs, including farm relief and travel insurance.

“Should there be sufficient interest it is proposed that a subsequent trip may take place.”

Dairy farmers who are interested in participating in this study tour can find out more and complete an online application until Wednesday 21 December at 4pm.