Take the UK Dairy Biosecurity Survey for a chance to win a Fortnum & Mason Christmas Pantry Hamper

Findings will be used to develop free educational resources to help assess and improve current biosecurity practices

While it is well understood by dairy farmers that biosecurity protocols are essential to preventing herd health compromises, forming an effective plan and putting it into practice is not always straightforward, says Progiene dairy hygiene specialist Alison Clark.

To better understand typical biosecurity protocols currently being practiced on UK dairy farms, Progiene is launching the UK Dairy Biosecurity Survey. Findings will be used to develop free educational resources for farmers to help them assess and improve their current biosecurity practices.

“A variation of farm visitors, lack of training, managing staff and being short on time are common challenges many UK dairy farms face when implementing a biosecurity plan. And while it may not seem like a big deal, cross-contamination of mucus and faecal matter significantly increases the risk of diseases like TB and Johne’s,” says Ms Clark. “With the right training, farms can design an effective biosecurity plan that is simple and practical to implement.” 

The short survey will take a few minutes to complete and will be open until December 18. Farmers that complete the survey in full will be entered into a free prize draw to win a Fortnum & Mason Christmas Pantry Hamper that is worth £125. To take part, visit surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dairybiosecurity

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.