Farmers urged to target use of antibiotics to ensure ‘long-term’ flock health

Mar 5, 2018

  The sheep industry has called for the targeted use of antibiotics to ensure the “immediate and long-term” health of flocks. With newborn lambs appearing around the UK, a message of responsible antibiotic use is being promoted to sheep vets and sheep farmers. The National Sheep Association (NSA) and Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS), support by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance, has called for targeted use to ensure the welfare of sheep. In letters to the Veterinary Record and Veterinary Times, a joint industry group has reminded vets of the importance of only treating lambs that need intervention, rather than automatically dosing all lambs ‘to be on the safe side’. This message to vets coincides with the RUMA #ColostrumIsGold campaign promoting the ‘liquid gold’ properties of colostrum for newborn animals and reducing the need for antibiotics. Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive, said British sheep farmers “pride themselves” on high health and welfare standards in their flocks, and so it is essential that certain ewes and lambs are... ...

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Current Position in Agriculture Regarding Antibiotics

Dec 21, 2017

Having reached our overall government antibiotic use target of 50mg/kg two years early, reducing antibiotic sales to farmers by 27% (the lowest since records began), and with critically important antibiotics also reduced (Colistin by a huge 83%), we are on the right road. Gwyn Jones, Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, discusses the great importance of reducing the use of antibiotics in animal care. ...

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