N8 #FarmHacks in Cornwall and Cheshire

Posted on October 25, 2016 in News by . Share this article

Calling all farmers, vets, ecologists, engineers and designers…

cow-1715829_1920In collaboration with Defra and using funding from an N8 AgriFood pump-priming grant, Dr Ruth Little from the University of Sheffield is running two two-day ‘design hacks’ on farms in Cornwall and Cheshire to identify how we can improve animal health on livestock farms in the UK. The case study is bovine tuberculosis (TB) – the greatest animal health problem in England and Wales – with a focus on the ideals of what should be happening around preventing disease transmission and the practicalities of implementing them at the farm level. Cutting down opportunities for infection between cattle and between cattle and wildlife remains a key challenge in tackling the disease.

These events epitomise the N8 approach of bringing together interdisciplinary expertise to deliver solutions to real world problems. Alongside farmers, vets and academics from multiple disciplines (such as the medical sciences, engineering and design), there will be attendees from Defra, the Welsh Government, the National Farmers Union and the incoming President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association. There is also an opportunity to gain from follow-on funding.

Attend a ‘design hack’ session on:
Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 October 2016: Tamar Valley & Duchy College, Cornwall
Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 November 2016: Reaseheath College, Cheshire:

Book via the N8 AgriFood website