The UN condemns misuse of antibiotics in animal husbandry

Jul 31, 2018

The United Nations has condemned misuse of antibiotics by farmers who practice animal husbandry. This is after a report revealed that most countries are still using vital antibiotics which should only be used to treat humans to make animals grow faster. The malpractice, according to the report, fuels antibiotics resistance. Antibiotics are widely used in agriculture around the world to prevent or treat disease and make animals grow faster. However, the United States and European Union have both banned the latter. This is because it can create bacteria resistant to antibiotics, known as superbugs. The superbugs, in turn, are able to spread via contact with animals, farmers, in the environment and in food and infect humans. Furthermore, superbugs are estimated to kill 700,000 people worldwide. Antibiotic resistance has also been referred to as one of the greatest threats to public health. As such, it thus comes as a point of concern when farmers use antibiotics that are critical for treating humans as growth promoters for animals. According to the new... ...

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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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