Surveillance Welfare and Biosecurity of farmed animals (SWAB) will address major current and emerging animal health and welfare problems in the Irish agricultural industry. The aim of the project is to improve the department’s animal health surveillance system through enhanced stakeholder engagement; to understand consumer, farmer and veterinarian concepts of animal welfare and the decision-making process related to antimicrobial use. The project will also determine the effects of biosecurity practices on dairy, pig and poultry farms. The outcome of this study will include tools to aid decision making for farmers, veterinarians and policy makers that benefit the wider agri-food sector.