Farm Health Teams

Planning for healthy livestock

What is a Farm Health Team?

Teams are made up of farm personnel, together with their veterinarian, equipment supplier, feed supplier and/or other industry member or advisor to co-create a farm health plan to help the farm reduce the need for antibiotic use whilst ensuring that financial performance and animal health is maintained or improved.

Why adopt this approach?

  • Reason 1

    Improved Collaboration

    Working together towards shared goals for the farm

  • Reason 2

    Facilitated discussion

    The facilitator’s role is to ensure everyone gets to have their say, and to help guide the team to find solutions.

  • Reason 3

    Create a roadmap

    Work together to come up with a farm health plan focused on key areas for improvement

  • Reason 4

    Progress monitoring

    Reviewing progress made according to key performance indicators gives useful feedback on where attention should be focused next.

  • Reason 5

    Farmer-led approach

    Working at the farm-level to make meaningful changes

  • Reason 6

    Common goal

    With the whole team working towards common goals, it sets the farm up for success

DISARM’s Case Study Farms

This approach was adopted by 40 farms; 10 pig farms (5 Dutch, 5 Spanish), 10 poultry farms (5 Belgian, 5 Latvian), 10 dairy cow farms (3 British, 4 Romanian, 3 Danish), and 10 dairy sheep grazing farms (5 French, 5 Greek). Each farm hosted a one-day farm visit for the other farm teams in their country to meet and discuss how they developed their farm health plans. One cross-border visit per sector (pig, poultry, dairy cows, and dairy sheep) was also organized to share knowledge across borders.

Read the report about 30 farm groups featured as case study examples, covering a range of farming systems and locations detailing how the team worked together, the strategies adopted to reduce antibiotic resistance and the impact this had on livestock health and performance.

Check out the DISARM Farm Health Team Toolbox to set up and use a multi-actor group to reduce the need for antibiotic treatments.

Multi-Actor Farm Health Team: Case Study Report

Assessing Biosecurity with Biocheck

517 The participatory support approach applied to biosecurity in poultry farming : Teaching of an “initial diagnosis” step (Research report; Rousset, et al. 2020)

Facilitation and farmer-led approaches to changing practices

Euraknos Explorer’s Guide

WEBINAR: International DISARM workshop

Farm Factsheets

WEBINAR: Optimising animal health in pig farming (in Dutch)

WEBINAR: Facilitating change with small groups

DISARM Model for Multi Actor Farm Health Planning

WEBINAR: Principles of Biosecurity and Biocheck.UGent

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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