Farmers who use the social media website Twitter will have a chance to share their experience and stories on bovine TB during a special session on the evening of Monday 1 October.
Organised by the people behind the popular AgriChatUK debates which take place on Thursday evenings, this extra one-off session will give farmers and others a chance to discuss their concerns and share experiences.
Titled “Bovine TB – farmers tell their stories”, it will be a “space” for those who have suffered an outbreak to come online and tell their story to a wider audience (it’s not a “to cull or not to cull” debate).
It takes place between 9pm and 10pm and is open to anyone who uses Twitter, whether you want to simply read what others are saying or pitch in with your own comments.
The questions that will be asked during the evening will be:
1a) Has your farm gone down with bovine TB? Can you tell us when, what happened, how often?
1b) Can you tell us the practical effects of a positive TB test?
2a) Tell us about the effect on yourself and your family from being shut down.
2b) What about the profitability of the business? Have you made any changes to the business model?
3a) What do you/your advisers put the TB infection in your animals down to? On what grounds?
3b) What measures have you taken to try to reduce infection from badgers or other wildlife?
“AgriChatUK is run as a community voice and is a platform for the industry to share, listen, learn and engage,” says one of the hosts, Simon Haley, who tweets as @halo42.
How it works:
Anyone can join the discussion by posting their opinion and comments using the #agrichatuk hashtag. Tweeters can follow the conversation by searching for the #agrichatuk in the Twitter search box
You can also follow and take part in the discussion as it happens in the Twitter box below.
Find out more about social media for farmers
See more on the proposed cull on our badger cull page
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