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IMPRO Project Final Conference, 9 September 2016, Brussels

After nearly four years of research on the topic of improving animal health in organic dairy farming, we are pleased to announce that project outputs will be presented at a final project conference to be held in Brussels on 9 September 2016.

We would be delighted if you would consider joining us at the conference to learn more about the project and to participate in a lively discussion with members of the project team and other stakeholders.

9 September 2016 - 9 September 2016

The transdisciplinary IMPRO project has developed a participatory approach, which brings together farmers and their animal health advisors, to undertake a farm-centric analysis of dairy health management. The farm-centric approach employs a series of tools and approaches to help understand the specificities and reduce the complexity of individual farm systems, to develop farm specific strategies for improvements in health management practice.

More than 200 organic dairy farms, together with their animal health advisors, participated in the project and contributed to the assessment of the level of extant production diseases, the estimation of the costs of these diseases and the benefits of animal health improvements, as well as undertake an examination of the motivation and attitudes of farmers, and their animal health advisors to a range of measures to improve animal health.

Decision-support tools have been developed to foster this participatory assessment of the farm system, bringing together the different perspectives and expertise of farmers and their animal health advisors. Furthermore, a pro-active monitoring process has been developed to improve the effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies. With respect of the rules for organic farming and, in particular, the aim of reducing the use of antibiotics, the effectiveness and the practicalities of alternative treatments have been assessed.

To register your interest in the conference, please fill in the "Save the date" at: We will send you a personal invitation and further details in due course. Attendance at the conference is free, but registration is required.

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Animal health, organic, participatory, system, proactive