According to NPA, working with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and AHDB Pork, British pig producers have taken their first major step towards reducing use of antibiotics.
They already record their annual use, but now they will be able to keep a much more detailed record of what, why, when and how they use antibiotics to treat poorly pigs.
Using a new online electronic medicines book, they will be able to compare their performance with others in the industry. And working with pig industry vets they will use this information to drive down the sector's deployment of antibiotics.
The intention is to address growing societal concerns around antibiotic resistance in human medicine, particularly where use on farms may be a contributory factor.
This is the first time a system of this type has been run for the pig industry. It has been designed and piloted in collaboration with vets and producers from around the United Kingdom.
Thursday April 21, 2016/ NPA/ United Kingdom.