Game sector organisations have been working with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, RUMA and their own sector’s specialist vets on continued antibiotic reduction.
Voluntary monitoring of all antibiotic use in gamebirds was begun in 2016.
The Game Farmers’ Association called a meeting of specialist gamebird vets and feed compounders in May 2017 to prepare for antibiotic reductions in the summer game rearing season. An ambitious target was set.
Monitoring is again taking place but anecdotal reports already suggest there has been a big reduction in antibiotic use this year.
Final figures for 2017 usage will be ready for publication at the end of October.