Multi-Actor Farm Health Plans
The DISARM project has established several multi-actor farm teams where the farm team works together with their veterinarian, equipment supplier, feed supplier and/or other industry member 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.
This approach is being adopted by 40 farms; 10 pig farms (5 Dutch, 5 Spanish), 10 poultry farms (5 Belgian, 5 Latvian), 10 dairy cow farms (5 British, 5 Romanian), and 10 dairy sheep grazing farms (5 French, 5 Greek). Each farm hosts 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) will also be organized to share knowledge across borders.
At least 30 farm groups will be 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. Ultimately, DISARM will publish a toolbox to help other farmers and their local advisors set up and use a multi-actor group to reduce the need for antibiotic treatments.