FarmAssist is a database managed and run by National Milk Laboratories (NML) on behalf of milk buyers. It provides a record of medicines dispensed to individual farms, the results of testing for antibiotic residues and the Milk Sure accreditation status for individual farms (figure 1).
We require information from vet practices on quantities of medicine products, in particular antibiotics, dispensed to individual farms for use in the dairy herd and young stock. This information is required for 2017 and subsequent years.
Information will be stored electronically at NML. This will be in the secure environment equivalent to that currently used to manage the payment test results for individual producers.
It is intended that information will be shared with vets and their producer clients, and milk purchasers. However, please note that in line with our data privacy statement, we will not share any individual producer or vet information with any party other than those for whom we have express permission to do so. Anonymised summary data may be made available to other appropriate third parties - no individual producer, vet practice or milk buyer will be identified. Appropriate third parties may include national industry groups (for example, Dairy UK, Red Tractor, British Cattle Veterinary Association, Cattle Health and Welfare Group) and government agencies (for example the Veterinary Medicines Directorate).
Information relating to individual producers will be retained for a six year period (for example, data relating to 2017 will be available to the end of 2023). Anonymised data will be available indefinitely.
In the first instance please contact the NML office on 01902 749920 or email email@example.com.
Figure 1: Schematic diagram of FarmAsssit.