Know How / Medicines

News and advice on the responsible use of livestock medicines, including antibiotics, wormers and vaccination. See best practice on medicine use to help avoid resistance to antibiotics and wormers and see how other farmers have reduced antibiotics successfully on their farms.

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MEDICINES

4 ways Sweden has cut antibiotics use on dairy farms

UK livestock producers have been committed to – and successful in – meeting government targets on antibiotic usage over recent years, but Sweden is still leading the way. A 2017…

MEDICINES

Tips on evaluating your dairy vet spend

Chatting with a neighbour about vet costs can result in a frantic dash to change vets or cut medicine costs because yours are “too high” in comparison, but that reaction…

MEDICINES

5 steps to reduce antibiotics use in your pig herd 

Having a low level of antibiotics use of 1mg/population-corrected unit (PCU) – compared with the industry average of 131 mg/PCU (2017) – may seem like a hard task, but for…

MEDICINES

How MilkSure training helps cut medicine milk failures

About three farms in Britain have a bulk tank milk antibiotics failure every day. It is illegal to sell milk from an individual cow that has medicine residues above the…

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Case studies

BEEF

How a beef farmer cut antibiotics use in suckler herd by 74%

Suckler-finisher Sebastian Richardson and his family have cut antibiotics use by 74% since 2015. In a pioneering approach to his herd management, Mr Richardson of Townsend Farm, Oundle, has been…

MEDICINES

How a pig farmer has overcome salmonella in weaner piglets

Pig farmer David Kemp has managed to beat a nasty outbreak of salmonella, in the process cutting antibiotics use to less than 1mg/kg. Mr Kemp, who runs a farrow-to-finishing enterprise…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How a Welsh dairy has slashed its antibiotics use

A dairy farm has slashed its antimicrobial use by nearly 30% through a combination of selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) and improved herd management, putting it in the top 25%…

MEDICINES

4 ways US dairy has cut antibiotics in lactating cows

Adopting a series of protocols for housing, milking practices and genetic selection has removed the need to treat lactating cows with antibiotics in a high-yielding, housed dairy herd. Lloyd and…

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Insights

MEDICINES

How a farmer-led project helps dairies reduce antibiotics use

Antibiotics are a hot topic on dairy farms across the UK, with many producers working to cut their use to meet government or milk contract targets. While many of these…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Q&A: How cold plasma could reduce reliance on antibiotics

A cutting-edge laboratory investigating a new technology with the ability to reduce harmful chemicals and antibiotics in the food chain – and lessen the threat of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) –…

MEDICINES

Antimicrobial resistance: How it works and why it's important

Antimicrobial resistance, and specifically antibiotics resistance, are high on the agenda for animal agriculture and veterinary medicine. Government and industry targets have been set for antibiotics reduction and antibiotics use is…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Vet Viewpoint: Lambing, calving and post-Brexit drug stocks

Unsurprisingly, at this time of year, vets across the UK are talking about lambing and calving. Topics in this month’s round-up include disease prevention through metabolic profiling through to managing…

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News

MEDICINES

Pig industry achieves further antibiotic reductions

Pig farmers remain on track to hit industry antibiotic reduction targets after cutting drugs use by 16% in 2018, leading vets say. Total recorded antibiotic use for UK pig farms…

SHEEP

Scops seeking sheep farmer to become chair elect

The Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (Scops) group is on the hunt for an active sheep farmer to fulfil the position of a chair elect. The candidate will help…

LIVESTOCK

New targets for farmers to counter antimicrobial resistance

Efforts by farmers to counter antimicrobial resistance by using fewer antibiotics in livestock production are being praised – but now new targets are being set. It comes as the government…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Farmers urged to plan parasite control now for grazing season

Sheep and cattle farmers are being reminded that January is the ideal time to plan and review the farm’s parasite control strategy ahead of the coming grazing season. Such preparation…

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Video

MEDICINES

Antimicrobial resistance: How it works and why it's important

Antimicrobial resistance, and specifically antibiotics resistance, are high on the agenda for animal agriculture and veterinary medicine. Government and industry targets have been set for antibiotics reduction and antibiotics use is…

HEALTH

Sanderson Farms says antibiotic-free chicken is a ‘gimmick’

US poultry integrator Sanderson Farms has said it will not phase out antibiotics from its farms, taking a position that runs contrary to many other similar companies in the USA.…

LIVESTOCK

Farmers warned over flukicide resistance

A rise in liver fluke cases and resistance to products is proving a headache for many farmers across the UK. Scottish upland sheep and suckler cow producer Neil Gourlay, who…

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