Impact of Flock Health Clubs

New paper published in ‘Livestock Science’ this month. The article assesses how Flock Health Clubs improve farmer-vet relationships and measures of flock health & welfare.

The paper’s authors include ORC’s Marion Johnson and Nicola Noble (joint with NSA). The interview part of this study was carried out through Innovation for sustainable sheep and goat production in Europe (iSAGE) project.

Abstract

Sheep farming is an important part of UK agriculture with significantly more breeding females than either the pig or cattle sectors. Whether grazing alongside arable rotations or utilising the marginal uplands, sheep farms arguably play a key role that is embedded within UK rural society. However, research led by University of Nottingham has identified various challenges and barriers that have affected relationships between UK sheep farmers and the veterinary profession. In response to these findings, Flock Health Clubs were developed as an initiative that aimed for improved and cost-effective sheep farmer–veterinary interaction. We report quantitative and qualitative data that assess the impact of Flock Health Clubs and indeed show tangible improvements in both farmer–veterinary surgeon relationships and measures of flock health and welfare.

Impact of Flock Health Clubs Nicola Noble, Francesca Occhiuto, Fiona Lovatt, Marion Johnson, Wendy Jones, and Jasmeet Kaler Livestock 2020 25:6, 301-307

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