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FEFAC - European Feed Manufacturers’ Association

12/03/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2019 12:12

DISARM Project on AMR

On 3 December 2019, the DISARM consortium presented the key features of their research project meant to support practical on-farm implementation of solutions to reduce AMR via a reduction of the use of antibiotics in the livestock sector. The project is based on the concept that on-farm reduction of the need for antibiotics requires a farm specific health plan established by a Farm Animal Health Team composed of the farmer, the vet, the feed advisor and a coach to assist the farmer in the implementation of the improvement plan in a financially sustainable way.

DISARM (Dissemination of Innovative Solutions on Antibiotic Resistance Management) is a 3-year EU-funded research project launched in January 2019 meant to reduce AMR, this being achieved via cutting the need for antibiotics by focusing on disease prevention and prudent use of antibiotics. The concept will be tested with 40 farms from 8 countries dealing with pig, poultry, dairy cows and dairy sheep production and will consist in analysis of farm management practices, establishment of diagnosis, development of a farm health plan, implementation, mid-term review and final assessment. Focus will be put on prevention and may involve alternative products (incl. vaccines, probiotics, prebiotics, bacteriophages, organic acids, etc.) and innovative management practices, including improved biosecurity. The successful case studies will feed a toolbox made available to farmers and local advisors.

Beside the case studies, the project also involves a Community of Practice open to anyone upon registration, farmers, veterinarians and also feed manufacturers. Purpose is to foster knowledge exchange and discuss practical experience, results of research projects, innovative solutions etc. Among the 10 discussion topics addressed is 'improving animal health by using adapted feeding, watering and feed additives'. Other topics related e.g. to biosecurity (internal, external), optimal housing, genetics, etc. The information collected via this Community of Practice is meant to feed the database/toolbox.