Paul Williams, MSD Animal Health UK technical manager for ruminants introduces the ‘Disease? Not On My Farm!’ programme and shares his top tips for getting started with disease prevention.
A disease outbreak on farm is a nightmare for productivity, animal well-being and profit. It’s not just your outputs that are affected - treating disease can be expensive. The cost of BVD infection alone can amount to as much as £90 per dairy cow, per year and around £37 per beef cow, per year. (Source: Bennett (1999) – Vet Record 145 (1999) p376-377)
‘Disease? Not On My Farm!’ is working with farmers to build the momentum needed to achieve disease free farms. We’re challenging perceptions of how disease is spread and sharing advice and tips from farmers and vets alike.
We’ll be sharing the experiences of five farmer and vet teams throughout the coming months – our ‘Disease? Not On My Farm!’ ambassadors. Look out for their stories online and in Dairy Farmer and Farmers Guardian.
Disease? Not On My Farm! recommends three steps to achieve a disease-free farm:
Every farm is different, so a careful review of your situation is crucial. Sit down with your vet and assess the ways diseases can enter or leave your farm – you may also want to include diagnostic testing into your herd health plan to establish your herd status for common diseases.