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Designing New Ways to Improve Farm Biosecurity - Designer Call

Call to attend a ‘design hack’ session In collaboration with Defra & N8 AgriFood on 21 & 22 November.

N8 #FarmHacks

Calling all farmers, vets, ecologists, engineers and designers to help design new ways of improving disease prevention on farms.

Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Reaseheath College, Cheshire

  • What are the challenges involved in preventing disease transmission between animals?
  • Are there ways to redesign disease management?
  • Retrofit farm buildings?
  • Design new technologies? 

Call out for a wide range of expertise to address these challenges. From practical on-farm experience through to design and engineering skills via veterinary, epidemiological and ecology knowledge.

In collaboration with Defra and using funding from an N8 AgriFood pump-priming grant, Dr Ruth Little from the University of Sheffield is running a two-day ‘design hacks’ on a farms in Cheshire to identify how we can improve animal health on livestock farms in the UK.

The case study is bovine tuberculosis (TB) – the greatest animal health problem in England and Wales – with a focus on the ideals of what should be happening around preventing disease transmission and the practicalities of implementing them at the farm level. Cutting down opportunities for infection between cattle and between cattle and wildlife remains a key challenge in tackling the disease.

The event epitomise the N8 approach of bringing together interdisciplinary expertise to deliver solutions to real world problems. Alongside farmers, vets and academics from multiple disciplines (such as the medical sciences, engineering and design), there will be attendees from Defra, the Welsh Government, the National Farmers Union and the incoming President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association.

There is also an opportunity to gain from follow-on funding.

Can you help? 

RSVP to ruth.little@sheffield.ac.uk (or call 0114 222 7983 and leave a message) or caithriona.porter-flaherty@defra.gsi.gov.uk to register your interest in attending. Please provide your name, contact details, preferred hack location and a brief description of your expertise.

Travel, accommodation and meals will be provided

Follow-on funding may be available to help develop ideas resulting from the hacks