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Antibiotics training course for local dairy farmers

3 January 2019

Free workshops to help the farm industry to learn about responsible use of antibiotics for dairy herds

A new training course taking place across various dates and locations in Northern Ireland will explain more about Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and how to minimise its risks on dairy farms. AMR is becoming a commonly heard phrase both at home and on the farm but many are unsure of what exactly it means and how it can affect their farm businesses.

The new training course called Responsible Use of Antibiotics in the Dairy Herd will be delivered by Animal Health & Welfare Northern Ireland as part of the Farm Family Key Skills programme. The workshops are aimed at farmers, members of the farm family and employees. Topics include:

  • how antibiotics work
  • how antimicrobial resistance develops
  • types and uses of antibiotics
  • best practice in using antibiotics
  • avoiding antibiotic residues in milk
  • animal health planning

Training course dates and locations
The workshops last around two and a half hours and are free to attend. See details below of upcoming training sessions:

  • Thu 10 Jan, Agri-Food Biosciences Institute, Hillsborough at 11:00am
  • Tue 15 Jan, Loughry Campus, Cookstown at 1:30pm
  • Thu 17 Jan, Livestock Mart, Markethill at 11:00am
  • Thu 24 Jan, Enniskillen Campus, Enniskillen at 1:30pm
  • Tue 29 Jan, Mourne Country Hotel, Newry at 11:00am
  • Thu 31 Jan, Greenmount Campus, Antrim at 1:30pm
  • Thu 07 Feb, Roe Park Resort, Limavady at 11:00am
  • Tue 12 Feb, Civic Centre, Craigavon at 11:00am
  • Thu 14 Feb, Loughry Campus, Cookstown at 11:00am
  • Thu 21 Feb, Valley Hotel, Fivemiletown at 1:30pm
  • Tue 26 Feb, Mellon Country Inn, Strabane at 11:00am
  • Thu 28 Feb, Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena at 1:30pm

Farm Family Key Skills training courses (PDF, 72K).