Farmers Guradian
Topics
How to spot BSE and what farmers can do to prevent it

How to spot BSE and what farmers can do to prevent it

DataHub

DataHub

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Auction Finder

Auction Finder

CropTec

CropTec

LAMMA 2019

LAMMA 2019

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days or subscribe for unlimited access.

Subscribe | Register

Tool for vets and farmers to monitor and reduce antibiotics on dairy farms

A new tool has been launched to help and reduce on-farm antibiotic usage.


Laura   Bowyer

TwitterFacebook
Laura   Bowyer
TwitterFacebook

Veterinary researchers at the University of Nottingham have produced a new tool to help UK dairy vets and farmers monitor and reduce antibiotic usage in their herds to help combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR).


It follows a new study by the Nottingham Vet School involving a large sample of dairy farms, which shows 25 per cent of farms were responsible for 50 per cent of the total antibiotics used across all farms in a year.

 


Read More

Cut antibiotic use or face tougher legislation, farmers told Cut antibiotic use or face tougher legislation, farmers told
M&S and Waitrose first supermarkets to offer transparent access to antibiotic usage in supply chain M&S and Waitrose first supermarkets to offer transparent access to antibiotic usage in supply chain

The new online tool designed by The Nottingham Vet School’s Ruminant Population Health Group is for farmers and vets to measure and monitor their prescription and use of antibiotics in dairy cattle. The Nottingham University Dairy Antimicrobial Usage (AMU) Calculator is available to download for free on the AHDB Dairy website.


Senior clinical training scholar and veterinarian, Robert Hyde, said: “We felt it was crucial to provide the means with which to benchmark antimicrobial usage on farms, so veterinarians and farmers can begin to monitor, and reduce, their levels of antimicrobial usage in a rational manner.

“Our new study provides the first published research into antimicrobial use in British dairy herds as well as factors associated with high usage. We looked at a sample of 358 dairy farms, over a 12-month period, with the total number of cattle being around 81,000, equating to 7 per cent of dairy cows in England. The survey found most of the antibiotic use was via injections, which accounted for around 78 per cent of the total antibiotics used or sold to the farms.


“What stood out as particularly surprising was the effects of the use of antibiotics in footbaths for conditions like digital dermatitis. Footbaths for cattle can use phenomenal quantities of antimicrobials, and represent an obvious target for the rapid reduction of antimicrobial usage.”

TwitterFacebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Most Recent

Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS