The farming industry has an important
part to play in managing antimicrobial resistance and significant progress has
already been made to ensure the livestock sectors’ contribution is
comprehensive and all-embracing.
AHDB works with
livestock farmers to promote disease prevention methods such as vaccination,
biosecurity and improved management and housing to reduce the need for
antibiotics on farms by preventing and eliminating disease. We encourage
professionals, such as vets, to work closely with farmers in order to best
manage animal health issues and to minimise the need for all medicines. We also
believe that animal welfare is paramount and therefore continue to support the
use of antibiotics and other veterinary medicines where necessary.
AHDB also supports
the Responsible Use of
Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) in promoting
responsible and prudent use of antibiotics in livestock and in helping the
industry to progress animal health matters. AHDB has helped coordinate the
Targets Task Force groups for sheep and beef, which identify meaningful
objectives to reduce, refine or replace antibiotic use in all livestock
sectors, while also supporting the Dairy Antimicrobial Stewardship Group led by
the milk buyers.
And AHDB is working on behalf of the industry
to provide independent data sets on antibiotic use in livestock production to
enable trends to be identified and, ultimately, usage targets to be monitored. This
currently includes an eMedicines Book (eMB) for the pork industry and we are currently considering the
possibility of similar options for other livestock sectors. Other examples of AHDB’s extensive programmes of
work to improve animal health includes the Mastitis Control Plan in the dairy
sector and AHDB Beef & Lamb is also
working to promote the use of vaccination policies alongside good management
practices and housing design to reduce cases of respiratory disease in beef
priorities are to inspire British farming and growing to be more competitive
and resilient, and to accelerate innovation and productivity growth through
coordinated research and development and the associated knowledge exchange.
In line with the
recommendations made by the O’Neill Report, the ‘One Health’ approach envisages
a collaborative approach to reducing the risk of resistance developing from
bacteria exposed to antibiotics in people, in animals or in the environment.
AHDB believes that improving the health and welfare of livestock will reduce
the need for the use of antibiotics and will therefore reduce the risk of
widespread AMR developing.
For further information about
antibiotics use and the agricultural sector visit: http://www.farmantibiotics.org/
One Health Initiative: www.onehealthinitiative.com
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