DISARM will share information on how to improve animal health and reduce the need for antibiotic use for dairy and beef cattle in housed and grazing systems. Cattle farms are highly varied, some using permanent indoor housing, others offering part- or full-time access to pasture. Other variations include farm and herd sizes, cattle breed, geographical location and climate. Cattle systems must balance optimizing biological function with economic efficiency, requiring interconnected technical, technological, managerial, economic and social activities. The specifics of these activities will differ from farm to farm, which is why our multi-actor farm health team approach seeks to develop tailored action plans for individual farms.

Key risk factors to cattle health may arise from cattle housing, feeding, stocking density, transportation and running an open rather than closed herd, etc. Selective breeding, particularly for high milk production in dairy cows, may contribute to health problems like lameness, mastitis, reproductive and metabolic disorders which often require antibiotic treatments. You can learn more about potential health risks on your farm and possible solutions by joining us at our events and workshops or accessing our resource materials which include a database of cutting-edge research and innovations, an online discussion group, short reports and informative videos.

DISARM will also work with other livestock sectors including pigs, poultry and sheep. There are commonalities across animal health risks and preventive measures. We believe working together to learn across species and sectors is a valuable way to improve animal health in livestock farming and reduce the need for antibiotic treatments.

Drinking water medication: beware of interference

Prevention of (blue-green) algae in drinking water sources

Why and how to prevent biofilm formation in drinking water pipes

How to ensure that good quality colostrum is fed?

Bring out slurry and manure – but avoid spreading of pathogens

Use of Thermal Imaging to Diagnose Lameness

Genomic selection for profit and antibiotic reduction

Genomic selection

Castration of beef calves

Monitoring microclimate parameters in dairy farms

Farm Innovation Selective Dry Cow by Eurodairy

Farm Innovation DANMAP by DANMAP

Research report – Escobar – 2013 – Projecting Social Science into Defra’s Animal Welfare Evidence Base A Review of current research and evidence base on the issue of farmer behaviour

Aim for zero antibiotics by 3 step approach

Buffer solution for stabilization rumen fermentation

Farm Innovation Guidance notes 2013 by IDF

Farm Innovation Guidance notes by IDF

Industry Innovation Ontvangst Kalveren by LTO calf group

Industry Innovation KalfOK by ZuivelNL

Research paper: Biosensors for on-farm diagnosis of mastitis

Research paper A longitudinal field trial assessing the impact of feeding waste milk containing antibiotic residues on the prevalence of ESBL-producing Escherichia coli in calves

Research paper Antimicrobial consumption on Austrian dairy farms: an observational study of udder disease treatments based on veterinary medication records

Research paper Modelling concentrations of antimicrobial drugs: comparative pharmacokinetics of cephalosporin antimicrobials and accuracy of allometric scaling in food-producing and companion animals

Research paper A cross‑sectional study of suckling calves’ passive immunity and associations with management routines to ensure colostrum intake on organic dairy farms

Research paper Consumption of Antimicrobials in Pigs, Veal Calves, and Broilers in The Netherlands: Quantitative Results of Nationwide Collection of Data in 2011

Research paper Effects of Reducing Antimicrobial Use and Applying a Cleaning and Disinfection Program in Veal Calf Farming: Experiences from an Intervention Study to Control Livestock-Associated MRSA

Farm Innovation GERM MAP free colostrum by Flandres Animal Health

Farm Innovation PDCA by Inagro ILVO

Farm Innovation Antibiotic guidance by AMCRA

Research paper The impact of dairy cows’ bedding material and its microbial content on the quality and safety of milk – A cross sectional study of UK farms

Farm Innovation Ecoantibio by French Agricultural Ministry

Research paper Quantitative assessment of antimicrobial resistance in livestock during the course of a nationwide antimicrobial use reduction in the Netherlands

Research paper Antimicrobial use policy change in preweaned dairy calves and its impact on antimicrobial resistance in commensal Escherichia coli: a cross sectional and ecological study by Afema, J.A., Davis, M.A. and W.M. Sischo 2019 BMC Microbiology 19: 217 (14p.) in Significant Impact Group(s): AMU reduction strategies \ Legislation and incentives ; Prudent use AB

Farm Innovation Targeted mastitis treatment by The Danish Dairy Board in Significant Impact Group(s): Pathogen management \ Managing sick animals \ Targeted use of antibiotics ; AMU reduction strategies

Soil bacteria by Pruex

Use of pasteurized and acidified milk in calves nutrition

Health Benefits of Monitoring Rumination

Early Mastitis Detection in Robotic Milkers Reduces Antibiotic Use

Automatic Feeding in Dairy Cows

Artificial Calf Feeding for Good Health

Outdoor Autumn Calving System on a UK dairy farm

Antibiotic use monitoring and benchmarking

Mastitis reduction in an indoor-housed herd

Preventing and treating respiratory disease in calves

Improving calf housing with polycarbonate calf pen sections

Guidelines for antimicrobial resistance from the dairy sector

The care of young dairy animals

Best practice recommendations regarding cleaning and disinfection

Best practice recommendations regarding entrance control

WEBINAR: Management of calves from birth to weaning

Automatic spray system of Animal Life Plus

Paratuberculosis control requires a national plan

Practical aspects of milking dairy cows

Vaccination of calves as a disease prevention

Sensor technology and data monitoring in dairy cows

Handling of dead animals: Hydrolysis

Support the calf to obtain better vaccination results

Optimal housing for healthy and less stressed dairy cattle

The influence of low temperature on dairy cows

Optimal housing conditions for sheep

Umbilical cord healing

Prevention of lameness in dairy herds

The transition period of the dairy cow

Sieplo’s FEEDR

Cleaning and disinfecting on poultry, pig and dairy farms

Coating surfaces in poultry, pig and dairy farms

Optimizing water quality on poultry, pig and dairy farms

Pest prevention on poultry, pig and dairy farms

Colostrum management protocol for calves

The right working method: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

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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