UK farmers should be congratulated on achieving a 40% reduction in antibiotic use in 5 years (to 2017) with even bigger falls in critically important antibiotics. In many cases this has happened by improving management practices which has also resulted in increased profitability. However, this is just the beginning and we need to keep on improving.

Innovation for Agriculture has produced the first 20  in a series of best practice videos looking at farmer’s tips on how they have achieved this – covering pigs, dairy, sheep, beef and calf rearing and this can be accessed at https://www.innovationforagriculture.org.uk/livestock/#improving  . This is a free resource funded by the Cadogan Charity.

Innovation for Agriculture will also participate in a European initiative DISARM (Disseminating Innovative Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management). This will serve to bring together industry stakeholders, (farmers, veterinarians, industry professionals, advisors, and processors), in a Community of Practice (CoP); to help identify and disseminate best practice antibiotic use. IfA would like to encourage anyone wishing to partake in the CoP, or find out more to please get in touch. nialo@i4agri.org