This country needs you: Do or die battle against drug-resistant bugs

All UK adults without exception have a part to play in addressing the potentially apocalyptic threat of drug-resistant infections. “This is a threat arguably as important as climate change,” says government chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies [ref [1]].

Only last month, a new public information initiative implored those of us suffering a cold or sore throat for example not to expect or pressurise our GP to prescribe antibiotics.

Here in dairy farming, hot on the heels of new reduction targets for antibiotic use announced by RUMA, a conference offering practical advice takes place at the Bath and West Showground on Thursday 7th December 2017.

Speakers include three specialist dairy vets, an animal health researcher, a Welsh farming Nuffield Scholar, and an award winning dairy farmer. The event is organised by Innovation for Agriculture (IfA), the independent body that promotes farming best practice, in conjunction with the Royal Bath & West Society.

To help farmers get the maximum practical value out of the day, its centrepiece will involve an audience question and answer session with an expert panel. In addition to practical strategies for reducing antibiotic use, the conference aims to send delegates home “motivated to play our own parts in giving our children and grandchildren a realistic chance of avoiding the possibly fatal consequences of an antibiotic-resistant infection.”

Also welcome to attend are vets, farm advisers and people throughout the dairy supply chain, according to Josh Onyango from IfA.

CPD points are available to Dairypro members.

Conference places can be booked at www.antibiotic-dairy.eventbrite.co.uk .

The event is part of a three year programme supported by the Esmee Fairburn Foundation.

[1]     Davies, S.C. “Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer, Volume Two, 2011,

Infections and the rise of antimicrobial resistance” London: Department of Health (2013)