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Main research question/goal

The thematic network DISARM is focused on developing a network to link together farmers, veterinarians, advisors, industry members and researchers to codify, disseminate and promote best practice strategies to reduce the use of antimicrobials in both intensive and grazing livestock farming. This way the project contributes to a prudent and responsible use of antimicrobials in livestock farming, aiming to reduce antimicrobial resistance in livestock farming.

Research approach

Given the focus of the network on dissemination and communication, a multi-actor approach forms the basis for the working process in the project. Central to the development of the thematic network is the development and rollout of a Community of Practice (CoP). This is a virtual online meeting place where the different actors can meet to exchange knowledge and information and to discuss ideas. In addition, a toolbox for the initiation of farm-specific health teams will be developed in a separate work package. These health teams can apply a holistic approach for the development of effective strategies to improve the health status of a company and to rationalize the use of antimicrobials. The output of the CoP and the cases studies on the farm-specific health teams form the basis for extensive and broad dissemination and communication activities in the project.


A first important achievement of the thematic network is the successful establishment and consolidation of the CoP. The target is set at 600 members from all over Europe and from different perspectives at the end of the project. Also a plan will be made for the sustainable continuation of the CoP without the further need for intervention or guidance by the consortium. Based on the CoP discussions 10 "best practice guides" will be drawn focusing on the reduction of antimicrobial resistance. These guides will be accompanied by 100 "best practice abstracts" and 100 short explanatory videos. In addition, the aim is to establish company-specific health teams at 40 farms across different livestock sectors and across the participating countries in the consortium. Based on this experience, a manual and toolbox will be created for farmers who want to initiate a health team on their own farm. Regarding classic dissemination channels, the consortium aims at participation in or organization of 80 events and workshops across Europe. Finally, the consortium also aims to produce 3 annual prioritization reports with priorities for policy and research to assist the livestock industry in antimicrobial resistance management.

External partner(s)
ACTA- Association de Coordination Technique Agricole
Agricultural University of Athens
Asociacion Nacionalde Productores de Ganado Porcino
Innovation for Agriculture
International Dairy Federation
Latvijas Lauksaimniecibas Universitate
Nutrition Sciences N.V.
Universiteit Gent
University of Agronomic Science and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest
Zuidelijke Land and Tuinbouw Organisatie
Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/21

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