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Impact of Flock Health Clubs

Noble, Nicola; Occhiuto, Francesca; Lovatt, Fiona; Johnson, Marion; Jones, Wendy; Kaler, Jasmeet

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Nicola Noble

Francesca Occhiuto

Clinical Associate Professor

Marion Johnson

Wendy Jones

Professor of Epidemiology & Precision Livestock Informatics


Sheep farming is an important part of UK agriculture with significantly more breeding females than either the pig or cattle sectors. Whether grazing alongside arable rotations or utilising the marginal uplands, sheep farms arguably play a key role that is embedded within UK rural society. However, research led by University of Nottingham has identified various challenges and barriers that have affected relationships between UK sheep farmers and the veterinary profession. In response to these findings, Flock Health Clubs were developed as an initiative that aimed for improved and cost-effective sheep farmer–veterinary interaction. We report quantitative and qualitative data that assess the impact of Flock Health Clubs and indeed show tangible improvements in both farmer–veterinary surgeon relationships and measures of flock health and welfare.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 29, 2020
Online Publication Date Nov 2, 2020
Publication Date Nov 2, 2020
Deposit Date Dec 23, 2020
Publicly Available Date May 3, 2021
Journal Livestock
Print ISSN 2053-0862
Electronic ISSN 2053-0870
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 6
Pages 301-307
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Additional Information This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Livestock, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see


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