Farm biosecurity workshop facilitated by Imagination Lancaster

Utilising design thinking to tackle farm biosecurity

Stephen Clune and Emmanuel Tsekleves facilitated two biosecurity hackathons  on behalf of the N8 Agri-food network, University of Sheffield and DEFRA. The events took a trans disciplinary approach to identifying the challenges and potential solutions to reducing biosecurity threats (the transmission of disease) on farms, with a particular emphasis on reducing Tuberculosis (TB). 

Farmers, vets, ecologists, engineers, policy makers and designers attended the two events in Cornwall and in Cheshire. 

The Challenges included exploring how to rethink disease management, retrofit farm buildings, and design new technologies that could improve biosecurity.

Outcomes included novel ways of monitoring badger and cattle activity, securing buildings, communicating solutions and feed management.

For further information contact Dr Ruth Little, University of Sheffield.