Mastitis is one of the biggest reasons for antibiotic usage in dairy farming.
This is why farmers, vets and researchers are investigating whether a new on-farm causative identification test can be used by farmers as a tool to significantly reduce antibiotic usage without affecting animal welfare and milk quality.
A group of 10 dairies have been working with Innovative Farmers and the Royal Veterinary College to set up a field lab to measure the benefits of this on farm test and see whether it is practical to use within the pressures of everyday farm life.
We went to see how the research has been going. This video tells the story of why farmer led research like this is so important.
Watch the film [mobile users] to find out more.
Get involved in your own farmer-led research
To keep informed of how this field lab and others are progressing sign up and become a member of the Innovative Farmers network. Got your own idea for a field lab? Then contact the team to find out how to get involved.