CAFRE launch further series of workshops on responsible use of Antimicrobials on dairy farms

Date published: 30 October 2019

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) has announced that a further series of workshops on the ‘Responsible use of Antimicrobials on the Dairy Farm’ will begin in November 2019.

Previous workshops have proved successful, with over 400 farm family members attending this very popular course, which is offered as part of the Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) Scheme.

The workshops are free for farmers, their family members and farm staff, and will be delivered by veterinary practitioners. It will provide opportunities for informative discussion which aims to help milk producers make informed choices in developing animal health protocols on their own farms.

Download a video of an overview of the training provided during the workshops.

Antimicrobials, especially antibiotics have been one of the most powerful drugs used to combat disease for many decades. They are used widely in both human medicine and in animal health. But the issue of antimicrobial resistance is increasing and it is now a major cause of concern worldwide.  Every possible action needs to be taken to manage the use of antibiotics on the farm to help tackle this problem.

The workshops will focus on a number of areas, including:

  • What antimicrobials are and how antimicrobial resistance develops.
  • Best practice in the use of antimicrobials and other medicines.
  • Practical steps to reduce the use of antimicrobials on the farm and      avoiding residues.

The training offered also meets the requirements of various farm quality assurance schemes including the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme.

Numbers are limited on each course to allow plenty of opportunity for discussion with the vets. Anyone wishing to attend must register in advance.

To find a course near to you and to register please visit the Animal Health & Welfare NI (AWHNI) website or contact AHWNI Tel: 028 7963 9333.

Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) is part of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme, funded under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Photo caption - A recent meeting of CAFRE staff and dairy representatives. L to R: Don Morrow (CAFRE), Neville Graham (Dale Farm), David Chestnutt (Glanbia), Fiona Dickson (CAFRE), Dr Mike Johnston (Dairy UK), Cecil Morton (Glanbia) and David Stewart (Lakeland), Niall McCarron (Lakeland) and John McKee (CAFRE).
  2. College of Agriculture Food & Rural enterprise (CAFRE) is responsible for the delivery of the Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) programme.
  3. For more information on FFKS, please email: or call Knowledge Transfer Administration on 028 9442 6790.
  4. The FFKS programme is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
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