The DISARM Project

What is DISARM?

DISARM is a collaboration between farmers, veterinarians, advisory services, academics and industry to disseminate innovative solutions for antibiotic resistance management in livestock production to alleviate the threat of antibiotic resistance.

The network will exchange innovative approaches between industries and countries to share best practice across the whole livestock sector.

It is a three-year project which launched in January 2019 and is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Why Target Antibiotic Resistance?

Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria adapt in response to antibiotic use. When resistance spreads through populations of bacteria, antibiotics become ineffective at treating disease in both humans and animals. This is a highly complex problem involving mechanisms which affect both human and animal health, so action must be taken by many different sectors, including the livestock industry.

DISARM aims to reduce antibiotic resistance by reducing the need for antibiotics in livestock farming by focusing on disease prevention and prudent use of antibiotics. Antibiotics should be used as little as possible, but as much as necessary to effectively treat disease and not compromise animal welfare.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 817591