Funding available to practices across Northern Ireland between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022.
Veterinary practices in Northern Ireland can benefit from funding to install software that makes it simpler to report antibiotic usage on farms, thanks to a research initiative in Northern Ireland entitled ‘STrategic AntiMicrobial use in Dairy, Beef and Lamb Production’ (STAMP).
The Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) will fund the installation cost of the ‘STAMP AMU Benchmarking Tool’ in practices across Northern Ireland between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022.
What is the STAMP AMU Benchmarking Tool?
The STAMP AMU Benchmarking Tool was developed by the STAMP project partners and Farmvet Systems, home of VetIMPRESS. It is a web-based platform that captures antibiotic prescription use at farm level. It provides antimicrobial history at your fingertips.
The tool also provides producers on commercial farms with key information that support decisions to improve animal health and enables vets to have effective discussions with producers on how best to optimise the use of antibiotics. The AMU benchmarking tool can be used to report antibiotic usage for the purposes of the Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (NIBL FQAS), thereby replacing the need for vets to fill out the existing paper form.
How does the AMU Benchmarking Tool work?
The tool permissions, aggregates and standardises existing data sets from vet practices, BCMS or vet entered records in VetIMPRESS to produce AMU reports in a few simple steps.
Step 1: Review and manage your farm enterprises
Step 2: Assign animals to your farm enterprises
Step 3: Import medicine purchases
Step 4: Run antimicrobial usage reports
Benefits of using STAMP AMU Tool:
Can be used to report antibiotic usage for the purposes of the NIBL FQAS, thereby replacing the need for vets to fill out the existing paper form.
Simplified way for vets and producers to gathering accurate information on the purchase and use of medicines on farms.
Significant savings made on the time it takes to produce reports manually.
Provides key information that supports decisions to improve animal health.
Facilitates discussions with producers on how best to optimise the use of antibiotics.