United Kingdom pig producers make outstanding progress in recording use of antibiotics. In less than two months, antibiotic data for over 1.2m pigs has already been contributed by pig producers to the British pig industry’s new on-line medicine book. This represents nearly a third of the national growing and finishing herd and shows outstanding progress in the sector’s commitment to record, benchmark and control its use of antibiotics, says Dr Georgina Crayford, who leads the National Pig Association’s recently-launched Pig Industry Antibiotic Stewardship Programme.
It is urging all producers to contribute antibiotic data to the electronic medicine book, developed by the levy body AHDB Pork in association with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, and launched April 20 with the support of the Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales levy bodies. “Recognising and addressing society's concerns about antimicrobial resistance is one of the most important challenges the pig industry has ever faced and collecting accurate data on current use is pivotal to the industry Stewardship Programme,” said Georgina Crayford.
Tuesday June 14, 2016/ NPA/ United Kingdom.