The Indian government has banned the use of “last hope” antibiotics on farms. This article chronicles the events leading up the ban, as well as their own investigative story into Indian farms that revealed the wide use of these antibiotics to fatten livestock.
This study describes antimicrobial-use practices in feed and water on feedlots with a capacity of at least 50 head; estimates the percentage of feedlots administering and the percentage of cattle receiving antimicrobials in feed and water; and describes antimicrobial stewardship practices on US feedlots.
This study is the first nationally focused on antimicrobial use and stewardship practices on US swine sites. The study describes antimicrobial use practices in feed and water; estimates the percentage of production sites using antimicrobials in feed and/or water; and describes antimicrobial stewardship practices.
Two new reports from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Animal Health Monitoring System examine how antibiotics were used on beef feedlots and large swine operations in 2016.
Farmers are preparing to spray their trees with hundreds of thousands of kilograms of two common antibiotics to combat citrus greening, a bacterial disease that has been killing Florida citrus trees for more than a decade.
Careful use of antibiotics, well-timed administration of vaccines and improved biosecurity can produce healthier calves.
One study in Germany, has shown a distinct relationship between antimicrobial usage, biosecurity measures and farm performance in farrow-to-finish farms.
Public health officials have been instructed to check on pharmacies and antibiotics manufacturers that may have distributed amoxicillin for farms – reportedly used widely in northern and central orange orchards – as it could lead to drug resistance or even fatal allergies in humans.
The EFFORT project coordinated the collection of samples from various animal sources in nine countries. They also collected data on farm practices, and how farms are managed and make use of antibiotics.
The new European law would limit the use of antibiotics to prevent disease (prophylactic use) to individual animals, and only in cases where a veterinarian believes there is a high risk of infection or its consequences are likely to be severe.